Arsenal transfer news: a Benfica bargain as Higuain gets more expensive

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A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Lorenzo Melgarejo, Nicolas Gaitan, Gonzalo Higuain and Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal are apparently lining up a bid for Benfica defender Lorenzo Melgarejo, with the player’s agent suggesting that the Gunners and Fenerbahce are both considering the 22-year-old this summer.

The Paraguayan is reportedly valued at around £5million, and predominantly plays as a left back. He made 39 appearances for Benfica last season, including in the Europa League final loss to Chelsea. With Keiran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal already on the books, it is difficult to see where Melgarejo would fit in at the Emirates, although the 22-year-old can also player in a more attacking left-wing position if required.

The player’s agent, Juan Gabriel Appleyard, has said that Arsenal and Fenerbahce have enquired about the payer, but no concrete bids had been made yet. Arsenal have also been linked with Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan in recent days, although the attacking midfielder would be considerably more expensive than Melgarejo, with the Portuguese club likely to accept bids of around £20million.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has warned that Gonzalo Higuain will not be sold for less than £25million. Arsenal and Juventus are both reportedly interested in signing the Argentine this summer, but Perez also said that Madrid had not received any bids for the player yet.

Ever keen to talk to the press, Perez reacted to reports that Juventus were preparing a £18.7million bid by saying it would be better if the Italian side did not waste their time as that would not be enough. Higuain has indicated he would like to leave this summer, but his situation might not be resolved until Real Madrid appoint a new manager,

Cesc Fabregas has again brushed off rumours linking him with a move away from Barcelona, saying that he has no intention of leaving the Spanish club. Both Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with a move for the midfielder, who has struggled to nail down a place in the first team at Barcelona.

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