Real Madrid are stalling on offering a contract extension to striker Gonzalo Higuain, claims El Confidencial.
The Argentine came close to joining Paris Saint-Germain last summer after playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema for much of last season, but was persuaded to stay after boss Jose Mourinho promised him a greater role in the side and an improved contract.
However, the Madrid hierarchy are understood not to have been convinced by Higuain’s performances this term, despite him having had a more hands-on role in the side.
There is also the shadow of Radamel Falcao looming and, with rumours of a cross-city switch from neighbours Atletico having gathered pace over the past few months, it could mean Higuain may be surplus to requirements.
Having initially planned to offer Higuain a new deal until 2016, there are now some doubts within the club and any extension, with its incumbent salary increase, could jeopardise any possible future sale.
Madrid have seen attempts to try and offload Kaka stumble in what they feel is a similar scenario and, despite Higuain being able to count on Mourinho’s backing, do not want to experience a repeat.