Arsenal to make record bid for Real Madrid striker Higuain

Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and are willing to break their transfer record in order to sign the Argentina international, according to the Daily Mirror.

Higuain would earn £130,000 per week if he was to complete the move to the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners parting with a fee in the region of £22m to clinch the signing of the 25-year-old for River Plate attacker. All parties are said to be hopeful of finalising the transfer before Arsenal travel to Asia for a pre-season tour.

Juventus were rivalling Arsenal for Higuain but are now thought to prefer Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, a player also on the radar of Arsene Wenger, but Wenger will use Juve’s interest in Jovetic to move into pole position to sign Higuain, who scored 16 goals in 28 La Liga games last season.

Higuain looks set to be just one of a number of high-profile signings by Wenger, although the manager has doubts over a move for Marouane Fellaini due to the high release clause in the midfielder’s contract. But Arsenal could rival Chelsea for Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, rated as a £10m purchase.

A move for Swansea defender Ashley Williams – valued by his club at the same price as Kondogbia – is said to have stalled, however, as Wenger disagrees with the fee the Welsh side are said to be demanding.

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