Arsenal are leading Liverpool in the race to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer following reports the Argentina international has told friends he doesn't want to take part in the Europa League again next season.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the Partenopei's failure to qualify for Europe's elite club competition next term could force the 27-year-old to leave Stadio San Paolo at the end of the current campaign.
Arsene Wenger's side look much more likely to be able to offer Higuain what he wants, particularly after Saturday's emphatic 4-1 victory over fellow suitors Liverpool moved them up to second place in the Premier League table and left Brendan Rodgers' team with an uphill battle to finish in the top four.
However, Napoli are still involved in this year's Europa League. Winning it would book the Serie 'A' outfit's place in the top tier tournament in 2015/16 and could convince the former Real Madrid marksman to remain in Italy.
The Metro claims that Higuain will cost around £34.5 million - a significant fee, but one that reflects his status as one of the most prolific frontmen in Europe.
With 30 goals in 60 matches for Rafa Benitez's team the South American averages one goal every other game, and so would compliment the Gunners attack very well.
With Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez already on the books at the Emirates it's clear that Liverpool would benefit more from Higuain's arrival given that the Reds have struggled to fill the void left by Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona last summer.
However, unless the Merseyside club can climb back into the Champions League places then they have little chance of convincing the player to move to Anfield.
Morgan challenges Owen's Ozil claim
Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan tore strips off Michael Owen at the weekend after the retired England striker claimed Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is a better player than Mesut Ozil.
The Daily Mail columnist labelled Owen's opinion as "utterly ridiculous" following claims the Anfield youngster could hold down a regular place in the Gunners team were he to make a shock move to the Emirates this summer.
Arsenal fans have been angered by a new photograph leaked on Twitter that appears to show the brand new home shirt Arsene Wenger's side will wear for the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
The image shows the front and back of the new red Puma-made kit, with 'Alexis 17' on the back, which has been criticised by thousands of supporters on social media.
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