It has been a transfer that Arsenal supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern have been hoping to see completed ever since the transfer window opened at the start of July.
However, any hopes of the Gunners landing Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain have been dealt yet another blow, which has seen his transfer betting odds drift out further.
The Times today reveals that Real Madrid has now increased their asking price for the Argentine international to £37 million rather than the £23 million that Arsenal were understood to have agreed informally with the Bernabeu giants back in June.
Personal terms with the 25-year-old have also reportedly already been completed with Higuain’s representative and father Jorge but a possible deal has now stalled because Real believe that the Gunners haven’t met their valuation.
Arsene Wenger looks to have now given up the ghost with Higuain and has instead altered his attentions to the Premier League by targeting surprise moves for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.
Neither striker will be easy to sign with both Premier League clubs unwilling to sell to their top six rivals but Wenger is confident that he can still sign the world-class forward he so desires this summer.
Napoli are now favourites to land the Real Madrid ace as Rafael Benitez seeks a top class replacement for Paris Saint-Germain-bound striker Edinson Cavani with a rumoured transfer budget of over £100 million at his disposal.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis told the Sun that his club were in talks to sign the striker.
“It’s true that we’re negotiating for Gonzalo Higuain and Leandro Damiao.
“The money we got for (Edinson) Cavani was 64.5 million euros and added to the 60 million euros we had set aside for the transfer budget there will be 124.5 million euros to carefully invest on Napoli.”
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