Who will sign a star striker first - Arsenal or Spurs?

North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are chasing striker targets this summer to bolster their attacking line-up ahead of the new season.

Arsenal have long been linked with Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid and recent reports also link the Gunners with a new and improved £40 million for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.

Meanwhile, over at White Hart Lane Spurs had been linked since January with David Villa but the Spaniard opted to remain close to home in La Liga, transferring to Athletico Madrid earlier this month.

With the likes of Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani, Stevan Jovetic, and Alvaro Negredo tying up their futures elsewhere, time is of the essence for the North London clubs to bring in what’s left of the top talent available this summer.

Arsenal have recently been linked with interest in Wayne Rooney who looks increasingly likely to depart from Old Trafford this summer after handing in a transfer request to Manchester United in May. However, with Chelsea officially entering the frame and staking their claim over the England number 10, the Gunners may lose out there as well.

To make matters worse, Napoli are now in talks with Higuain over a potential move to Serie A where he would presumably replace Cavani in Rafael Benitez’ side.

Spurs have been linked in the last fortnight with Valencia hitman Roberto Soldado who Andre Villas-Boas confirmed the club were ‘not far’ from agreeing terms with on Tuesday, despite recent claims the club were chasing Aston Villa youngster Christian Benteke.

Tottenham were understood have improved their original offer for Soldado of €24 million but have not met Valencia’s €30 million valuation of the 28-year-old striker.

Arsenal had appeared to be in much the same position as they were thought to have agreed a fee with Real Madrid for Higuain whose father revealed previously that his son was negotiating personal terms with the Gunners. Since then, however, one of two possibilities may have happened – either Arsenal have not met Higuain’s demands or Real Madrid have increased their valuation of the player.

Liverpool are understandably reluctant to let Suarez go, especially to a direct Premier League rival and, as things stand, Arsenal could end up losing out on Higuain to Napoli, Rooney to Chelsea and Suarez to Real Madrid.

At this stage it looks as though Spurs are far closer to agreeing a move for Soldado whilst Arsenal are running out of time o sign a top quality striker. If the aforementioned big names move on elsewhere, Arsenal may not be left with much in the way of quality options as alternatives.

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