Arsenal have not signed Gonzalo Higuain, despite reports otherwise suggesting a deal is done.
Reports from Spain have today claimed that Arsenal have agreed to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.
But a transfer is far from complete, with the prolific Argentine striker still waiting to see what happens in the final stages of the Premier League campaign.
The source of the rumours, is Spanish newspaper Sport, which claim a €22 million deal has been agreed between Real Madrid and Arsenal.
But there are two reasons why Higuain to Arsenal is not the done deal it appears to be.
Firstly, such a deal is only likely to go through, if Arsenal beat Wigan and Newcastle in their remaining games and seal a top four finish.
Sport report: "Otherwise, look for another way Higuain and could go to the Tottenham if this team is just qualifying."
So an agreement between Arsenal and the striker is hardly watertight, despite the suggestions from the newspaper that a five year deal is in place between player and club.
The fact he is considering Tottenham as a back-up plan is not exactly a show of loyalty to his prospective new employers.
Secondly, you only have to look at this report from the end of last week, to see that Higuain and his representatives are playing the field.
Entitled 'Higuain 'yes' to Juventus', it is claimed that 'an agreement in principal between Juve and the player has already been reached.'
Juventus are haggling with Real Madrid over the fee, offering €20 million Euros, and it is highly plausible that the report regarding Arsenal and Higuain has been put out there to try to force Juventus' hand.
It was claimed last week that Higuain had decided on Italy, yet now Sport are stating that England are his preferred destination.
There is plenty to be decided at Real Madrid in the coming weeks, not least their management situation. Don't expect any player sales to be sanctioned until their coach next season, providing Mourinho leaves, has been appointed.
Clearly it appears to us that reports suggesting Arsenal have tied up a deal for the striker have jumped the gun, he is not a Gunner just yet.
If the club are able to seal Champions League qualification, which will go down to next weekend, then they stand a better chance of closing this one out.
It's encouraging, if true, that Arsenal's negotiators are putting together an offer to try to tempt the Argentine striker, and by all means they appear to be near to doing so, just don't think they are over the hump just yet.
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