Los Blancos accept bid of around €35m from Serie A outfit for Gunners target Higuain.
Real Madrid have accepted an offer from Napoli for Arsenal target Gonazlo Higuain, according to various reports in Italy.
Corriere dello Sport claimed on Monday morning that Real had accepted a €35m (£30m) offer for the Argentina international, while Sky Sport Italia said later on Monday, the proposal is closer to €37m (£31.8m) plus a further €3m (£2.5m) in performance-related bonuses.
Higuain, however, is still yet to agree personal terms with the Serie A outfit and both sources insist that reaching an agreement is going to prove difficult, leaving a glimmer of hope for the Gunners.
According to Sky, the main stumbling block to Napoli’s deal is the 25-year-old’s image rights.
The Argentinian has a contract with Nike and while Real allow their players 50% of any image rights, Napoli demand full ownership in this lucrative area.
The Serie A club are flushed after selling Edinson Cavani to PSG for £53m and have already signed Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon from Real this summer.
The news will come as a blow to Arsenal, who have been tracking Higuain most of the summer and reported agreed personal terms with the player’s father, Jorge, before Real upped their asking price.