Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow in their bid to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain after boss Maurizio Sarri effectively ruled out an exit.
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Napoli won’t feature in the Champions League next season, and that has been a real problem for Higuain in staying with the Italian giants.
While he has been linked with an exit this summer and with Arsenal being long-time admirers, it appears as though new boss Sarri has no intention of seeing him leave before he gets a chance to work with him on the pitch.
“He’s central to our project,” Sarri said in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, as reported by Football Italia.
“He’s a strong and unpredicatable player, he has extraordinary qualities in linking up with his teammates in attack.
“So far I don’t think he’s shown his full potential, he still has room for improvement. I really hope I can pull even more out of him.”
It remains to be seen whether or not the 27-year-old will now stay at the San Paolo ahead of the new campaign, but the Gunners will potentially be monitoring his situation closely before considering their other options.