Gonzalo Higuain's agent has revealed that his client was in formal talks with Arsenal last Summer, before he completed his £34.5million transfer to Napoli, according to the Daily Star.
The Argentine forward, who was in Spain with Real Madrid, was set to complete his move to the Emirates Stadium after the two clubs agreed a deal, but once the Gunners stalled on the business, it allowed Napoli to sneak in and complete a transfer.
Reports at the time suggested Arsene Wenger halted the Higuain move as he felt he could sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool, but after having two formal bids rejected by their Premier League rivals, Wenger then missed out on Higuain as well after Napoli moved quickly.
The Serie A outfit agreed a deal with Madrid worth around £35million, and the transfer was finalised, leaving Wenger with no striker at all.
Ready to Quit
However, after just one year in Italy, it's reported that the Argentine international may be looking for a move away after Napoli failed to reach the Champions League and had a slow start to the new campaign.
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Rafael Benitez's side were eliminated in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League and got off to a poor start in the league, but since then, their form has turned around and they are finally winning games, including a whopping win over the weekend.
Despite their turn around of form, there are still fears over Higuain's future, who is still wanted by Arsenal, as well as Liverpool, and it's been revealed by the striker's agent that a deal to the Emirates was nearly done last year.
Higuain's agent, who is also his brother, is quoted as saying in the Daily Star report: "Gonzalo has a contract with Napoli for five seasons so he's a blue player.
"But I must say that no representative of the two clubs [Liverpool and Arsenal] have contacted me. Just before he arrived in Naples I had contact with Arsenal."
The Gunners went on to complete the £16million signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United, who has made a promising start to his career at the Emirates Stadium, though Arsenal fans may have been craving a more proven option in attack, like Higuain.