Arsenal should now move for Higuain

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against Udinese

The path to Gonzalo Higuain may now be clearer for Arsenal.

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against Udinese

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said via ESPN that he will not sell star striker Gonzalo Higuain to Serie A rivals Juventus.

The 28-year-old hitman has been heavily linked with a move away from the Italian side this summer after netting 36 goals from 35 top-flight outings last season.

Arsenal and Juve are two teams credited with an interest but Gazzetta World reported this week that De Laurentiis would not sell for a penny less than his £79 million release clause.

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The club's supremo has now ruled Juventus out of the running by revealing that he would not let him join another Italian club in a development which might clear the way for Arsenal to make a move - if manager Arsene Wenger is ready to spend that kind of money.

"Higuain will not go to Juve," he told Radio Kiss Kiss, via ESPN. "In fact, it wouldn't even be right for Higuain to go to any other Italian club.

"All this chit-chat is meaningless. Gonzalo has another two years on his contract and if nobody comes with an offer equal to his release clause then he's staying at Napoli."

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud in action with Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt and Younes Kaboul

It is a lot of money but Arsenal - whose biggest transfer fee paid to date is £42.5 million for Mesut Ozil in 2013 - certainly need a striker.

They have Olivier Giroud, who has his uses but is the Frenchman going to turn Arsenal into Premier League title winners? By virtue of the fact he went 15 league games without a goal last season, it seems unlikely that the 29-year-old is what the Gunners need up front.

Wenger has also been linked with a move for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, whose wife and agent is reportedly set to hold talks with the North London club, according to The Mail.

But if it's a choice between Icardi and Higuain then Wenger must punt for the latter. He netted 20 more goals than his Inter counterpart did in the same number of games and overall he is a better option - despite being much more expensive.

Mauro Icardi at Inter

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