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Arsenal Seal £18.5m Deal to Sign Real Madrid Striker: Five Year Contract Agreed

Bernabeu striker agrees preliminary deal to join Emirates Stadium side.

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Arsenal are said to have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign talented Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer according to Spanish source Sport.es.

The 25 year old forward is set to leave the Bernabeu this summer, with the La Liga giants confirming his imminent exit, and now it appears he is North London bound with a five year deal already said to be agreed with the former River Plate ace.

Higuain has struggled to retain a foothold in the Real Madrid starting eleven since Jose Mourinho took over at the club and has this season managed just 17 La Liga starts out of a possible 36 though still netting a very healthy 14 goals in the process.

Arsene Wenger may well be keen on strengthening his attack with recent signings Olivier Giround and Lukas Podolski perhaps not scoring as regularly as the Gunners boss would’ve hoped for. Neither has able replaced Robin Van Persie’s prolific presence with the pair managing 20 Premier League goals between them.

Higuain has spent seven seasons at Real Madrid and in 2009/10 managed to outscore Cristiano Ronaldo, managing 27 La Liga goals during Manuel Pellegrini’s sole season in charge of the club.

Mourinho has favoured Karim Benzema as his starting striker and even though the Portuguese boss is said to be set to leave Real Madrid this summer it seems Higuain is not keen on sticking around to see if his replacement is more likely to give him the chance to shine.