Arsenal's 'deal' for Gonzalo Higuain appears to be more 'on' than 'off', but it certainly is not the key word - done.
The club are still waiting on Real Madrid to make a decision, with rumour that the Spaniards are waiting to see if there are any improved offers.
The waiting game has raised the possibility that Arsenal need to consider an alternate option... just in case.
Are they doing so? You would think behind the scenes as much as Wenger and co. have everything riding on their Higuain pursuit, they do have a couple of back-up plans in place.
So who could they be?
Arsenal have been linked with the Fiorentina man ever since January, but have seemingly ditched him for Higuain, deciding the Argentine as better value. He is a more prolific goalscorer than Jovetic, but the Montenegro forward is more versatile in his ability to drop deep and create. Jovetic could be a superior option in the long-term, but Higuain is certainly the best option in the here and now.
Jack Wilshere has stated that he would love for Rooney to join Arsenal, and that the Manchester United man can be the talisman they need to drive them to trophies. Arsenal's chances to sign him may quickly be running out of time with Rooney set to resume talks with new boss David Moyes within 24 hours who is said to want him to stay at Old Trafford. Arsene Wenger has made his admiration clear, and while he remains on the market he is certainly an option for the Gunners if they are prepared to commit a huge fee and smash their wage structure as Ivan Gazidis so boldly claimed.
David Villa is said to be close to a move to Tottenham, but this is only believed to be possible because Arsenal have dropped their interest in him. A deal was in place for him to join the Gunners in January only for Barcelona to veto it but they are now open to a sale. If a Higuain deal does not come off then the Gunners could try and prise him away from their rivals, at a bargain price. At 31 not all may be convinced, but his goalscoring record and career achievements can't be argued with, and he will certainly have a point to prove.
Who do you believe is on Arsenal's back-up shortlist if a deal for Higuain collapses?
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