Arsenal are closing in on the £20m signing of Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain according to The Daily Mirror.
The story claims that manager Arsène Wenger has met with the player's father and agent in Paris to discuss a move to the Emirates.
Higuain looks set to leave the Spanish capital this summer after Real Madrid Chairman Florentino Perez stated the Argentine was free to leave, and there is no shortage of interest in the 25-year-old. Juventus are also believed to be interested.
When asked about the possibility of a transfer to Arsenal, Higuain stated: “Arsenal? They would suit me. I’m still young and I have goals.”
Arsenal are tracking Higuain as one of many targets including Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, and disillusioned Manchester United star Wayne Rooney. However, interest in Jovetic is said to have faded, and competition from big spenders Chelsea for Rooney may make Higuain an easier option.
Money is certainly no longer an issue for Arsenal as confirmed by chief executive Ivan Gazidis yesterday; he said the club would benefit from an "escalation of our financial power" provided by a £70m rise in the club's annual income.
As Higuain has ready scored plenty of goals in one of Europe's top leagues at the relatively tender age of 25, his European pedigree combined with his stellar reputation make this transfer fall under the category of a marquee signing, which is just what Arsenal fans have been crying out for, for some time now.
Higuain's father said: “Madrid will want to sell. Juventus or Arsenal? I guess he has spoken with them. The clubs first have to talk to Madrid and in direct negotiation."
The fee is likely to be set at around £20m by the Spanish giants, and with wages of around £130,000 per week, Higuain could comfortably agree terms with Arsenal in light of their new spending policy.
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