Arsenal are winning the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain after his brother/agent revealed that Juventus are unable to afford the Argentine striker now that they’ve sealed a deal for Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.
The Gunners are thought to have lodged a club-record £22 million bid for the Real Madrid hitman and are also prepared to give the 25-year-old a hefty increase on his pay packet at the Bernabeu.
While Serie A champions Juve were very keen on Higuian it would appear that the deal for Tevez, coupled with the arrival of Fernando Llorente on a free from Atletico Bilbao, means their interest has cooled. Assuming no other club comes in with a late bid it leaves the road clear for Arsene Wenger to complete his first big-name signing of the summer.
Speaking to Tutto Mercato Web, brother Nicolas Higuain revealed: “Now that Tevez is signing for Juve, does that mean Higuain is closer to Arsenal? I think so.
“Juventus is a great club, but Gonzalo is too expensive for them. Napoli? They’re a strong team and a club that means a lot to Argentines.
“Having said that, I can’t deny that Gonzalo is now close to Arsenal.”
Presumably the noise about a possible deal with Napoli, former club of Diego Maradona, is down to suggestions new boss Rafa Benitez may be forced to sell top striker Edinson Cavani should Chelsea and Manchester City be willing to meet his buyout clause.
Arseblog News continues to urge caution, but we’re now quietly optimistic that Gonzo could well be a Gooner sooner rather than later.
To use a football analogy it feels like we’ve scored a late winner and now all we’ve got to do is play keep ball by the corner flag until the final whistle…naturally you all being Arsenal fans you’ll be aware that means it’s far from being over.