Arsenal close in on signing of €30 million rated Argentina international forward.
Arsenal still lead the chase to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain with sources in Spain confident that a deal will be concluded shortly.
Madrid based sports daily Marca claim that the only detail remaining is for the Gunners to submit a bid that suits los Meringues club president Florentino Perez, though that of course is rather a large caveat.
Arsenal are not renowned for spending huge sums of money on players, with the north London club’s previous transfer record Sylvain Wiltord for £13 million – so long as only up front fees are considered.
Real Madrid hope to receive €30 million from selling Higuain (approximately £25.7m), meaning that the Gunners may have to effectively double their transfer record in one fell swoop.
Still, with Juventus now out the running having concluded a deal for Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, Arsenal are the only bidders in the Higuain chase – and Real Madrid are willing sellers.
Higuain’s father Jorge and brother Nicolas are currently leading the talks with Arsenal, and are optimistic that a compromise can be reached in the coming days.
Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scored more goals in La Liga since Higuain moved to Real Madrid in 2007, and Arsenal will hope that he can bring a similarly high strike rate to Emirates Stadium.