Arsenal transfer news: Sensational Suarez rumours as Higuain gets closer

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Vito Mannone.

Luis Suarez has been linked with a shock move to Arsenal after a series of bets prompted some bookies to close their market on the striker’s future. The Uruguayan has indicated he will seek a move away from Liverpool this summer, but had suggested that he would like to leave the Premier League altogether due to what he deemed unfair press attention, with Real Madrid so far viewed as his likeliest destination.

That would be just one reason why a Suarez switch to Arsenal would be improbable, with the Gunners also unlikely to be willing to shell out the £40million it could take to force Liverpool to sell the 26-year-old, especially as they now finally seem close to completing a move for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The move for the Argentine had appeared to stall due to Arsenal being unable to agree a fee with the Spanish club, but quotes from Higuain’s father suggest that the two clubs have made a deal for the striker.

"We have been given permission by Real Madrid to negotiate with Arsenal," Jorge Higuain told Fox Sports Argentina.

"I will luckily be able to see my son in the Premier League soon."

Despite Jorge’s suggestion they would not negotiate with any side before getting permission from Real Madrid, Arsenal are already believed to have agreed personal terms with the striker, and the move could be completed this week.

Whilst their focus is on trying to complete the move for Higuain, Arsenal have been able to offload another unneeded member of their squad this week, with goalkeeper Vito Mannone joining Sunderland in a £2million deal.

The 25-year-old was third choice behind Wojiech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski at Arsenal, and could have fallen further down the pecking order if the Gunners sign a new keeper this summer.

Sunderland have recently sold Simon Mignolet to Liverpool, and Mannone believes he will be in the running for a first team spot at the Stadium of Light, where he will compete with Keiren Westwood.

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