Gonzalo Higuain agent contacted by Manchester United and Chelsea

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Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all made contact with Gonzalo Higuain's agent following rumours the Napoli striker is wanted by Barcelona, after it emerged that he is set to leave Stadio San Paolo this summer.

The Daily Express reports that the Argentina international is being heavily linked with a move away from Italy after just one solitary season with Rafa Benitez's side. The 26-year-old joined the Serie 'A' outfit from Real Madrid this time last year and is now mooted for a controversial return to La Liga.

Higuain recently admitted that he was flattered by Barcelona's alleged interest, as Luis Enrique considers a bid to bring him to Camp Nou ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. However, the Catalan club will face stiff competition for his signature with a host of top European clubs also monitoring the situation closely.

- Wenger willing to match any bid for Higuain

- Argentine striker flattered by Barcelona transfer link

- Napoli rubbish Gonzalo Higuain exit reports

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a confirmed admirer of Higuain having tried to lure him to the Emirates Stadium last summer. The Frenchman is widely reported to be considering a bid to bring AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli to north London this transfer window but could yet revive interest in the Napoli marksman.

However, question marks remain whether Arsenal would be willing to meet the South American's valuation, with suggestions that the Partenopei rate Higuain at an astonishing £56 million - and hope to insert a minimum fee release clause of that amount in the new contract they plan to offer the talisman after the World Cup.

What about Manchester United?

Louis van Gaal is also believed to be keen on recruiting Higuain despite the plethora of attacking options he will already inherit at Old Trafford. His extortionate valuation is doing little to deter the Red Devils who would give serious consideration to adding a player of such quality.

In addition to Arsenal and Manchester United, Chelsea also retain an interest in Higuain with Jose Mourinho having worked with him during his spell in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Blues are expected to complete a deal to bring Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge, but still don't rule them out of an audacious move to bring the Argentine to west London as well as Mourinho looks to significantly improve his striker department next season.

Something's got to give...

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is determined to keep hold of Higuain and it's easy to see why after the striker finished the 2013/14 campaign as the club's top scorer, netting 22 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions.

However, depending on how serious the player is about leaving, the Serie 'A' giants might be forced into selling to avoid creating a negative influence in the first-team camp in pre-season.

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