News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to sign for Arsenal by the end of the week in a deal worth £23 million. The Argentine is set to fly to London this evening in order to complete the move after Los Merengues accepted the offer and gave him permission to talk to The Gunners today. The Gunners are to offer him a £100k-a-week and his father Jorge has confirmed the deal will be happening:
Promising Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin has signed a new long-term deal with the club. The Spanish under-19 international has been an impressive member of the Arsenal youth teams for the last few seasons; ever since signing from Barcelona in 2011. The young right-back is now in Lithuania as part of Spain’s under-19 side for the 2013 European Under-19 Championship.
It comes after Zach Fagan, Anthony Jeffrey and Zak Ansah also signed new deals.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been linked with a sensational swap to Arsenal this morning. It comes after a huge wave of bets were placed on the player making the switch in Spain which saw William Hill suspend all betting on the deal. He stated it suggested that people in Spain had ‘heard something substantial’. We think it is far more likely a consequence of the Eurozone crisis that people would make such a bet.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas expects Clement Grenier to remain with Lyon this season. The 22-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and he recently admitted he did not know where his future lied.
But Aulas stated today:
“Like I said already, I think Clement Grenier will be with us next year.”
Eintracht Frankfurt have distanced themselves from the potential signing of Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner. It was reported yesterday that a deal seemed imminent however now it appears the Bundesliga outfit cannot afford his wages.
Finally, and Real Sociedad have insisted that Asier Illaramendi is not for sale. The Spanish under-21 international has been linked with both Arsenal and Real Madrid this summer.
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