Gunners prepared to outfit Serie A outfit in race for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsenal are prepared to outbid Juventus in the race for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, reports the Metro.
The Gunners and the Serie A winners are locked in a two-way battle for the Argentina international but Arsenal are reportedly ready to bid £25.5m to get their man – £6.8 more than Juve are prepared to pay.
The Italians are also keen to structure their payment with instalments, whereas Arsenal – who have a reported £70m transfer kitty this summer – are willing to stump up a lump-sum payment.
However, Real are not prepared to released the 25-year-old until after a new manager is in place at the Santiago Bernabeu, with PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti expected to be appointed as soon as the Ligue 1 outfit can find a successor.
Former River Plate forward Higuain has three years remaining on his current deal in the Spanish capital, and Real president Florentino Perez has warned that the French-born player will cost considerably more than the £25m being suggested.
“With £25.5m it’s better that they don’t come,” Perez warned last week.
“Let’s see if people ask us for £50m for everyone and we sell one of ours for half that.”
But it is thought Perez is prepared to sell the player, who has made no secret of his desire to leave Los Blancos this summer.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have scored more La Liga goals that Higuain (107) since the Argentine moved to Spain in 2005.
He bagged 16 league goals for Real last season, in just 19 starts.
Watch Gonzalo Higuain’s acrobatic goal for Real Madrid against Levante: