Arsenal set to complete Higuain transfer

Arsenal are close to wrapping up a deal to bring Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain to the Premier League, according to the Guardian, with the Gunners paying in the region of £23m for the Argentina international striker.

Higuain was due to fly to London on Thursday evening to tie up the formalities of the switch after Real Madrid gave the 25-year-old permission to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. Arsenal had faced competition from Juventus for Higuain but the Serie A side could not agree terms with Madrid and instead signed Higuain’s compatriot Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

Arsenal will make Higuain one of their best-paid players at £100,000 per week, and remain hopeful of pairing Higuain with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford, the newspaper adds.

Higuain spent six-and-a-half years in La Liga, arriving at Madrid in January 2007 as a 19-year-old. He went on to score 107 goals in 190 league games but could not dislodge Karim Benzema from the starting XI on a permanent basis, with the Guardian suggesting Benzema, a signing of the current Madrid president, Florentino Perez, had his place in the team protected by club politics.

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