Arsenal transfer news: Cut-price Nani and a club record Higuain

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Gonzalo Higuain, Nani, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal are apparently ready to outbid Juventus for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, with the Gunners readying a club record £25.5million bid for the Argentine. The Spanish club are apparently keen to allow their new manager have his say on Higuain’s future, with Carlo Ancelotti widely expected to be appointed at the Bernabeu in the next couple of weeks.

However Higuain has made his intention to leave Real Madrid clear, and Arsenal might have moved into pole position with their latest bid, which is higher than anything Juventus have offered. Also with Real Madrid reportedly in the hunt for Edinson Cavani, it is unlikely Higuain will have a first team place next season.

Arsenal are also apparently front runners in the race for Manchester United winger Nani, and could land the Portuguese player for as little as £8.5million this summer. The 26-year-old only has one year left on his contract at Manchester United, and is expected to leave after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford last season.

Despite his inconsistency, Nani could still be an excellent option for Arsenal, and he would provide a more traditional threat on the flanks compared to their current options, who often seem intent on cutting inside rather than sticking to their wing. Considering he is just 26, if Arsene Wenger was able to integrate him into the side Nani could enjoy his best year’s at Arsenal, and few would deny his talent when on form.

There have been further reports that both Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny could leave the Emirates this summer. The centre-back is reportedly the subject of interest from Bayern Munich and Barcelona after his fine season at Arsenal, while Sagna, who only has one year left on his contract at the Emirates, has indicated he might leave throughout last season, with PSG and Monaco interested in the right-back.

Either man’s departure would be a blow, with the pair part of the formidable back four that was at the heart of Arsenal’s excellent end of season form. However Sagna in particular will likely sign a new a contract or leave, with Arsenal unlikely to want to let the French international leave on a free next summer.

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