Arsenal are ready to smash their transfer record by spending out £25.5m to bring Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain to the Emirates.
The Metro report that the Gunners are favourites to sign the Argentina international although there are potential pitfalls ahead.
The biggest problem with the move at present is that Real are currently without a manager after Jose Mourinho left to rejoin Chelsea. Real won’t let Higuain leave until they have a new manager in place.
Perez wants new manager to have his say
The 25-year-old has made it clear that he is ready to leave Madrid but has three years left on his contract. Club president Florentino Perez won’t let him go until the new manager has had a chance to speak with him. Carlo Ancelotti is expected to take over the Real hot seat and may want the Argentine to stay.
Arsenal will face competition from Juventus if Higuain is allowed to leave. However, the Italian champions are unwilling to meet Real’s asking price. They also want to pay the fee in five instalments whereas Arsenal would make a lump sum payment.
Perez won’t let the striker leave on the cheap. He said: “With £25.5m it’s better that they don’t come, let’s see if people ask us for £50m for everyone and we sell one of ours for half that.”
Higuain has a fine scoring record
Higuain has been at Real since joining from Riverplate when he was 19 in 2007. In seven seasons at the Bernabeu he has won six major honours including three La Liga titles.
He has earned a reputation as a deadly finisher and even though the Real team has been set up to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuain has still managed to contribute 75 league goals in 112 games over the last four years.
Nani could be heading for the Emirates
The Metro also report that Manchester United winger Nani could be heading to the Emirates. Nani has one year left on his contract and United are unwilling to meet his wage demands.
The 26-year-old was reduced to a bit part player last season and could be available for £8.5m.