Arsenal transfer news: Jovetic to follow Higuain?

Jovetic Fiorentina

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain and Nicklas Bendtner.

Arsenal are reportedly ready to reignite their interest in Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, with Juventus’ attempts to sign the 23-year-old seemingly stalling. Jovetic was one of Arsenal’s main targets at the start of the summer, but Fiorentina’s £25million valuation of the player, coupled with his apparent preference to join the Serie A champions, saw the Gunners move their attentions elsewhere.

However Juventus’ acquisition of Carlos Tevez means a Jovetic bid is now unlikely, and Manchester City could join Arsenal in exploring the possibility of bringing the Montenegrin to the Premier League. Able to play as a central striker or in a support role, Jovetic could partner expected signing Gonzalo Higuain in Arsenal’s attack, as well as acting as cover for the Argentine.

Higuain himself is expected to be announced imminently, with Arsenal’s long-term pursuit of the striker set to end in success after the Real Madrid player flew into London last night to finalise the move.

Arsenal apparently upped their offer to £23million to secure the Argentine after the move had appeared to stall over their inability to agree a fee with Real Madrid. Higuain will be the club’s record signing, and is set to sign a £100,000 a week to contract in line with Arsenal’s current highest earning players.

Although Higuain was not always guaranteed a start at Real Madrid, there is no doubt he is a top class striker, and his arrival will be a clear indication that Arsenal are prepared to spend to try and compete with the richest clubs in the Premier League.

Nicklas Bendtner’s proposed move to German club Eintracht Frankfurt is in danger of collapsing due to the Danish striker’s wage demands. Bendtner has been in discussions with a number of clubs about a summer move, with Arsenal keen to finally get rid of the forward permanently after sending him out on loan for the past two seasons.

Frankfurt were apparently close to agreeing a deal, but their chief Heribert Bruchhagen has indicated they will not be able to afford Bendtner’s wages, meaning the transfer sage could rumble on a little while longer.

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