Sorry Arsenal fans, it looks like Arsene Wenger has missed out on another top transfer target.
Gonzalo Higuain has been linked with a move to the Gunners this week, but it’s understood the Argentina international has reached an agreement with another top European club.
According to Goal, Juventus have agreed a four-year contract with the 28-year-old, worth a huge €7 million a year.
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Like Arsenal, though, Juve are not prepared to meet Higuain’s eye-watering €94 million release clause.
However, unlike the Gunners, they are prepared to offer players in exchange in order to bring the price down.
Arsenal will not use Giroud as bait
It was initially reported that Arsenal would consider using Olivier Giroud as bait to land Higuain, but the London Evening Standard reported on Wednesday that Arsene Wenger would prefer to keep the Frenchman at the Emirates Stadium.
Those rumours intensified after Giroud’s agent told Italian outlet Radio Crc: “As of today, Giroud is an Arsenal forward. If they ask him to leave, then we’d evaluate the situation.
“There would be no fear for Olivier to go to Napoli, as we're talking about a magnificent place. In Naples, my client could have a wonderful lifestyle, not to mention that Maurizio Sarri's style of football would get the best out of a striker like him.”
But it seems that Juventus have successfully convinced Higuain to stay in Serie A and join the league’s dominant club.
Serie A move carries few risks for Higuain
Earlier this week, the South American rejected a staggering £800,000-a-week offer from the Chinese club Hebei China Fortune - clear evidence that he wants to continue playing at the highest level.
Staying in Serie A carries fewer risks for Higuain than moving to the Premier League.
The former Real Madrid frontman scored 38 goals - including 36 in 35 in Serie A - in 42 appearances for Napoli last season.
Not everyone believes this move will happen
However, not everyone is convinced the move will go through.
Italian football writer Adam Digby tweeted on Thursday evening: “Cannot see any way Aurellio De Laurentiis sells Higuain to Juventus, no matter the offer. Serie A would be officially dead.”
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