Arsenal have not bid for Gonzalo Higuain, says Perez

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed that Premier League side Arsenal have not yet made a formal bid for their striker Gonzalo Higuain - and insists that a deal is not close to being completed.

The Argentine announced at the end of last season his decision to leave the Spanish side and admitted that he would like a move to the Gunners. Those reports then sparked rumours that the striker was close to moving to England in order to complete a £23m move to the Emirates Stadium.

Not only were there reports about Higuain leaving, the Argentine's family also weighed up on the situation by confirming that a deal was close for Higuain to move to Arsenal.

Both his brother and his father admitted that a deal was nearly complete and a move to the Premier League was just days away, but the club president has now confirmed that no formal bid has been made by Arsenal.

Perez also revealed that he doesn't want Higuain to leave the club at all.

During an interview with Univision, Perez said: "We don't want Higuain to leave.

"What's more no-one from Arsenal has come to us and made us any offers at all for him. There are no offers on the table."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing in a new striker this summer so that he can create a title-winning team once again - and his main focus has been on Higuain, but he has also weighed up a potential move for Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

It was announced on Monday that Arsenal had a formal £30m bid for Suarez rejected by Liverpool, but it is thought that Higuain is Wenger's number-one choice.


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