Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain's future will be decided today, in a meeting with new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, the London Evening Standard have reported.

It is expected that the Italian boss will try to persuade the 25-year-old to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu, rather than move to the club that were previously reported as having a £23m bid rejected for him.

But those stories were rubbished by Madrid's club president Florentino Perez, who said that they had not had any contact from the North London club over the Argentine forward.

The former River Plate player, who joined the Primera Liga club in 2006, has already made his desire to leave the club clear, but whether Perez or Ancelotti are willing to sell him is a different matter.

He would be the first signing in what Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger is planning to be a statement of intent this summer, as it is expected that they hope to spend a lot of money in transfer market, to increase their chances of winning silverware next season.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is another target they are pursuing in the striker position, but that is not related to their interest in Higuain.


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