Despite all the recent speculation suggesting Gonzalo Higuain was on the brink of a move to Arsenal, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said that he has yet to receive a bid for the striker.
"We don't want Higuain to leave," Perez told Univision.
"What's more no-one from Arsenal has come to us and made us any offers at all for him. There are no offers on the table."
While this could just be posturing in an attempt to get a better price for the striker, it is a worrying development in Arsenal’s pursuit of Higuain, who was thought to be heading to London to finalise a move at the end of last week.
Speculation elsewhere has suggested Higuain will wait to discuss his future with Carlo Ancelotti before deciding about a move, with Real Madrid’s new manager keen to keep the Argentine.
It would be a tremendous blow if Arsenal were to miss out on Higuain at this stage, but they might be prepared to turn their attention to Christian Benteke after the Belgian handed in a transfer request at Aston Villa late last night.
Benteke scored 19 Premier League goals last season, and is keen to move on despite only signing for Villa last summer. the Midlands club are desperate to keep the 22-year-old, and have slapped a £25million price-tag on his head to try and deter potential suitors.
Regardless of that, Arsenal are likely to be joined by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the hunt for Benteke this summer.
Arsenal are keen to add some tenacity and experience to their midfield this summer, having seen a £18.5million bid for Lars Bender turned down recently, but the Manchester City player would be a surprise arrival to say the least.
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