Arsenal’s attempts to bring Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain to the Emirates have apparently hit troubled waters as they struggle to agree a transfer fee with Real Madrid. Arsenal are thought to have already agreed personal terms with HIguain on a deal that would see him equal the club’s top earners on 100,000, but are not willing to meet Real Madrid’s £25.5million asking price.
Arsenal are hoping to strike a deal at around £21million for Higuain, and hope that Juventus’ apparently dropping out of the race for the player after signing Carlos Tevez will give them a stronger negotiating position.
As the two sides valuations of Higuain are relatively close, it would be surprising if a deal could not be struck for the striker, but Arsene Wenger is considering fall-back options if a fee cannot be agreed.
Gareth Barry is reportedly a shock summer target for Arsenal, with the Gunners keen on bringing the 32-year-old in on a two year deal to add depth to their midfield resources. Barry only has one year left on his current deal with Manchester City, and could be allowed to leave the club for a modest fee as the England international is unlikely to feature in their side next season.
Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of Barry, but it would be a considerable surprise if Arsenal moved for the midfielder. Tottenham Hotspur were also linked with Barry last month, a rumour that went quiet very quickly, and it could be the same in this case.
Nicklas Bendtner is set to complete a £3million move to Eintracht Frankfurt this week. The 25-year-old has been considering offers from several clubs over the past month, with Malaga also reportedly interested in Bendtner, who is keen to secure first team football next season.
Bendtner has been at Arsenal for eight years, although he spent the past two seasons out on loan at Sunderland and then Juventus, and has not played for the Gunners since August 2011.
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