Emirates Stadium side happy to pay increased price to land long term target.
Spanish source Marca claims that Arsenal are set to complete their long awaited deal to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to meet the Bernabeu side’s increased valuation of €30m (£25.6m) and the North London side have apparently reached agreement with the Argentine international over his personal terms so a move is expected to be completed early next week.
The Arsenal boss is determined to sign a prolific striker to help better fill the void left by Robin Van Persie’s move to Man United, a void Wenger had hoped Olivier Giroud would have more ably filled last summer.
Higuain has scored 122 goals for Real Madrid over the course of his seven seasons with the Spanish giants and considering that over the period of the last three seasons the former River Plate man has been playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema that’s a very healthy total.
Wenger will hope that the French born forward can adapt speedily to life in the Premier League as he seeks to bring an end to an eight season silverware drought.
The signing of Higuain would represent quite something of a statement of intent from a side who is known for splashing the cash so readily, indeed the move to sign the 25 year old smashes Arsenal’s club record transfer spend, which currently stands at £15m, the amount that was invested in Andrei Arshavin back in January 2009.