Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly turned down a remarkable £800,000-a-week contract offer from Chinese outfit Hebei China Fortune.
This has been reported by Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports, who claims on Twitter that the Napoli forward will not be completing a move to China.
Higuain, 28, is recognised as one of the leading forwards in Europe right now after a remarkable season in Serie A.
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Indeed, he netted as many as 36 goals in Italy's elite division - breaking Gunnar Nordahl's 66-year-old record of 35 strikes in one campaign.
But that doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be heading for pastures new over the coming weeks and months.
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That's because, as reported by Sky Sports, Premier League outfit Arsenal are interested in his services.
It has been documented for some time that Arsene Wenger and co. at the Emirates are in need of adding to their strike force - Frenchman Olivier Giroud has flattered to deceive for far too long - but the club's hierarchy have constantly frustrated fans for far too long.
While Giroud's attributes shouldn't be underestimated, he's clearly not the world-class striker that will take the Gunners to the next level.
Ultimately, after losing out in the Premier League title race to Leicester City last season, Wenger's side can't fail to fall at the final hurdle once again.
And recruiting an elite striker would only help their cause ahead of the new campaign. Higuain's stats well and truly speak for themselves, but are Arsenal really going to pay a mega fee to bring him to north London?
Recent reports have indicated that the club would have to pay Napoli a staggering £80 million to seal the deal in this transfer window.
A source told the BBC: "There are no direct offers. Only by meeting the release clause of 94,376,000 euros will the player leave Napoli. Otherwise Higuain will stay for the remaining two years of his deal."
There's every chance that the saga will continue throughout the summer, but fans of Arsenal won't be getting their hopes up that Higuain will become their player.
After initially being rejected by Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, it could be a long summer for the Premier League giants.
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