Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain could be as good as Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, according to Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles.

The Madrid striker is on the verge of signing for Spurs' fiercest rivals Arsenal, with a £22m deal close to being completed.

The Argentine admitted at the end of last season that he wants to leave Madrid in order to face a new challenge and it now looks like he might be joining Premier League side Arsenal, who appear to have beaten competition from Italian side Juventus for the striker's signature.

After announcing his intentions to leave the Spanish giants, Higuain then revealed in an interview that a move to the Emirates Stadium would suit him and a move is looking more and more likely.

Higuain's agent, who is also his brother, has hinted that the deal is close to being done between the Spanish side and the English side with it being finalised sometime this week now that the transfer window is officially open.

Talking to Sky Sports Now, Ardiles, who is also from Argentina, revealed his love for Robin Van Persie and then admitted that Higuain could be just as deadly as the Dutchman.

"Van Persie is a super player, one of my favourites and one of the best in the Premier League last season, along with Gareth Bale," he commented. "Can Higuain be as good as Van Persie? Of course he can, that's how good Higuain is.

"You remember when Van Persie arrived he was not exactly, immediately, the best player, it took a bit of time. But he was younger, now Higuain is much more experienced.

"Higuain is a top player. He will always score goals. He likes to be in the box all the time and he works hard for his team, wherever he goes he's going to be great for the team he's joining."


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