Arsenal are apparently competing with Serie A champions Juventus for two of their major targets this summer, with the Italian team also keen on both Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic.
Juventus reportedly held talks with Real Madrid regarding Higuain yesterday, but have suggested they are unable to complete a deal for the 26-year-old until the Spanish team appoint a new manager. Arsenal have held two rounds of talks with Madrid about the striker, and might also be waiting for them to appoint a new manager before trying to finalise a deal.
Carlo Ancelotti is the current favourite for the job at the Bernabeu, but it is expected that Higuain will push for a move whoever takes over.
Meanwhile Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic has said that he wants to move to Juventus, a heavy blow to Arsenal’s hopes of signing the 23-year-old. Jovetic said that he was flattered by Juventus’ interest, and that the Serie A champions had been chasing him for several years. The Montenegrin also indicated that he wanted to stay in Italy, and that he though Antonio Conte was the best man to develop his career.
Another Italian side apparently set to cause Arsenal problems this summer is Napoli, who are considering a move for Theo Walcott. Rafa Benitez is reportedly a long-term fan of Walcott, and might try and tempts Arsenal into selling the forward with a £23million bid financed by the sale of Edinson Cavani.
Walcott signed a new deal with Arsenal in January, and has given no indication he would like to leave the club, and Arsene Wenger is unlikely to be keen to sell after the England international scored 21 times.
There has been speculation that Arsenal and Liverpool are both planning on making a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet this summer, with Stoke’s Asmir Begovic being deemed too expensive.
Arsenal might be looking for a more reliable pair of hands than Wojiech Szczesny this summer, and MIgnolet could be available for around £7million.
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