Wenger to break Arsenal transfer record in move for Madrid’s Higuain

Arsene Wenger will break the Arsenal transfer record to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with the Gunners expecting a busy summer of transfers as Wenger spends the £70m made available by the board.

Wenger was first keen on signing Higuain while the Argentina international was still a River Plate player, before he moved to Madrid in 2007, and feels he can sign the forward this summer for a fee of £19m, breaking the Gunners’ transfer record in the process.

Higuain could be preferred to Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, who may prefer to remain in Italy even if he does leave the Florence club, and Wayne Rooney, who, it is thought, would not fit so neatly into the Arsenal wage set-up.

Wenger has already confirmed Arsenal are close to signing Auxerre’s Yaya Sanogo but, at 20, Sanogo is considered a prospect to develop, rather than a player to contribute to the first team instantly.

Having secured Champions League football for next season on the final day of the Premier League campaign, Wenger is also in the market for a goalkeeper – with Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic on the radar – and a defensive midfielder, such as Toulouse’s Etienne Capoue. There could also be a new right-back at the Emirates Stadium if Bacary Sagna were to move on, with Borussia Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek a possibility.

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