Arsenal's interest in Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly stepped up over the past fortnight, here is a brief summary of how it has done so:
- After doing so, the Telegraph claimed on Monday night that Arsenal were considering making a club record £19 million bid for the Argentine.
Clearly the two reports contradict each other, but indicate a strong level of interest from Arsenal, although we would advise on the second report being more accurate.
In the background of all of this, Italian champions Juventus have been far more active in trying to clinch his signature, and the latest claims are that the Bianconeri are nearing their goal.
Higuain's agent, his brother, has been negotiating with Juventus this week in Italy, and newspaper Gazetta dello Sport is today claiming an agreement has been struck between the club and the player.
The report states: "The first brick on which to build the future is Gonzalo Higuain (who) has accepted the offer of Juventus.
"Marotta (Juventus general director), in fact, managed to snatch the yes of the Argentine striker, who has accepted the proposal of the Turin club, especially enticed by the prospect of ending up in the middle of the new technical project - a strong European opportunity - that Antonio Conte wants to build."
Despite this not all is done and dusted, for Juventus and Real Madrid still have to agree a price.
There is currently around an €8 million difference in their valuations, with Madrid pushing for €30 million and Juventus offering €22 million.
But now, as Gazetta reports, the negotiations can move forward and Juventus intend to sit around the table to Real Madrid to try and find a middle ground.
Incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti could yet scupper a deal if he wants Higuain as part of his plans, but the striker seemingly has accepted already his future lies away from the Bernabeu.
It's looking increasingly likely that it does not lie at the Emirates either.
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