Arsenal have been given a clear run to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain after Juventus baulked at the asking price and have turned their attentions towards Manchester City star Carlos Tevez.
According to the Evening Standard, Juventus were the only other serious contenders for the Argentina international’s signature but they have now handed the initiative to Arsenal.
The report claims the Gunners are the only serious bidders left after Real Madrid rejected a £18.7million bid from the Serie A champions and demanded something closer to £25.5million.
The Bianconeri have refused to increase their original offer and are now looking towards Tevez as a more viable option.
Tevez is going into the final year of his deal at Etihad Stadium and Manchester City’s moneymen are yet to agree an extension with the 29-year-old.
The former Manchester United forward is expected to cost somewhere in the region of £10million, though his wages demands are unlikely to be modest.
Juventus moving their attention to Tevez has meant Arsenal are the only club left to have indicated a serious interest in signing the 25-year-old.
According to the report, Arsene Wenger has already sanctioned a club record bid in excess of £20million for Higuain in order to get a deal done quickly, as the Arsenal manager wants the deal completed before his players return for pre-season training on July 4.
Delays in negotiations are down to Real Madrid being unable to finalise a deal to appoint PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.
The Ligue 1 champions want to have the Italian’s successor lined up before they will allow a deal to be announced.