Arsenal have reportedly agreed personal terms with Gonzalo Higuain, and hope to complete a deal for the Real Madrid striker soon. Higuain apparently met with Arsene Wenger recently and hopes that Arsenal will agree a fee with Madrid before they fly out for a pre-season tour of Asia next month.
If reports are correct, Higuain will be paid £130,000 a week, and coupled with a transfer fee that will likely be around £25million, the move would indicate that Arsenal are ready to spend big this summer in an attempt to catch up with their Premier League rivals.
Arsenal’s move for Swansea City defender Ashley Williams has apparently stalled due to the defender’s £10million price-tag. Everton are also interested in the 28-year-old, with rumours that they will lose Phil Jagielka to David Moyes’ Manchester United.
Williams has been a key figure for Swansea since their promotion to the Premier League, and captains both his club and Wales. Arsenal are hoping to add some depth to their defensive options, but Wenger is unwilling to pay such a high fee especially as Laurent Koscielny had now indicated he will stay at the Emirates for at least one more season.
Koscielny will likely be joined in Arsenal’s back four by his compatriot Bacary Sagna, who has given a clear indication he plans to stay at the club this summer. The 30-year-old has been linked with a move back for France, with Monaco interested in the right-back, who only has one year left on his contract at Arsenal.
However Sagna has said he believes he can win trophies with Arsenal, and that he is looking forward to next season at the Emirates. Whether he is in talks with the club about a new deal is unclear, with Wenger usually preferring to sell players in the past rather than letting them leave for free.
Eintracht Frankfurt have revealed they in talks to sign Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who is set to leave the club this summer. Malaga and Fenerbahce are also apparently aiming to sign the player, who has said recently that he is discussing his future with five teams.
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