Argentine on his way to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal appear to have won the race to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.
The Daily Mail today reports that the North London side have not only agreed a £22m deal with Higuain’s employers but that they have also settled personal terms with the Argentine forward, meaning that the 25 year old is all but certain to sign for the Emirates Stadium side.
Indeed many bookmakers have suspended betting on the move which is usually a sure fire promise that a deal has been struck between two clubs.
Having spent some weeks aggressively pursuing Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seemingly opted to give up on the 23 year old and has instead made a concerted effort to land Higuain, a player who the French manager realised would be easier to land given that Real Madrid were happy to sell the forward, for the first price.
Higuain arrived at Real Madrid back in December 2006 and after a cagey first couple of campaigns the French born forward started to get his game into gear. The lethal finisher managed 49 goals in 59 La Liga starts in 2008/09 and 2009/10 but then found himself playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema following Jose Mourinho’s arrival at the club.
His overall record of 107 goals from 180 La Liga appearances, with 58 appearances from the bench, is hugely impressive and will no doubt be welcomed by the Gunners faithful as just the type of high-profile signing they have been calling out for.
Wenger apparently is looking to keep Olivier Giroud as well as wide attackers Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott but it seems that all other forward options could be made available for sale this summer.
Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-Young and Gervinho are all reportedly likely to leave Arsenal to help balance the books and cut the club’s wage bill.