Arsenal lead chase to sign Real Madrid star, but Juventus remain in the hunt.
Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to Sky Sports, but the Gunners still face competition from Serie a giants Juventus to land the 25 year-old.
The Argentina international has been linked with a move to both Turin and north London ever since the past season came to an end, and with bookies no longer taking bets on Higuain moving to Arsenal, it is Arsene Wenger’s team that are thought to lead the chase.
However, Jorge Higuain, the forward’s father and agent, has indicated that Juventus have not given up hope in their pursuit, leaving Gunners fans on a knife edge, even if their club looks to be making ambitious moves thanks to increased financial firepower this summer.
“Nothing has been signed yet but I can assure you there are advanced talks between the clubs,” said Higuain senior.
“We wouldn’t arrange any personal contract before the clubs agree for the transfer. I’m aware Arsenal has made a strong offer, as well as Juventus.”
With the forward having a sensational strike rate in front of goal – only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more goals since Higuain moved to Real Madrid in 2007 – he could be the finisher needed to bring Arsenal to the next level, and ultimately end their trophy drought.
Sky Sports News confirmed that Arsenal club staff are currently in Spain in the hope of finalising the deal, which will be for a record £22 million, with personal terms agreed in the region of £100,000 per week.
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