Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will move swiftly onto another record-breaking transfer once he can finalise a £22million deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.
According to the Evening Standard, the Gunners tactician is seriously considering a activating the release clause in Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s contract.
The report claims Arsenal would need to stump up £23million to activate the clause, though they had hoped of getting a cheaper deal done.
Wenger is reportedly on the verge of welcoming Higuain to Emirates Stadium, with the resolution of Real Madrid’s managerial situation the only thing holding up the deal, and wants to continue recruiting.
This latest report suggests there are only minor details to resolve in the Higuain deal, which has prompted Wenger to concentrate on completing some more swift deals.
David Moyes’ decision to leave the Toffees to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United had got Wenger hoping he could land the Belgium international for less than the clause.
However, the report claims Everton have made it clear to the Gunners moneymen they will not be accepting anything less than they have to.
Wenger is said to be a long time admirer of Fellaini, seeing his proven Premier League quality and versatility as ideal for an addition to the Arsenal squad as he looks to make them title challengers once again.