Gunners have been tracking red-hot marksman for some time now.
Arsenal could miss out on long-term target Gonzalo Higuain after it emerged that Napoli were in talks with Real Madrid over the purchase of the Argentinian front man, says the Daily Mirror.
The north London club have been keeping close tabs on the 25-year-old all summer long with a view to purchasing the prolific Argentina international when the transfer reopened at the start of this month.
However, as yet there have been no offers whatsoever for the coveted centre forward from Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger, according to los Blancos, leading the path clear then for the Southern Italian club to now make their own move for Higuain.
“It’s true that we’re negotiating for Gonzalo Higuain and Leandro Damiao,” confirmed Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who this week sold key attacker Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain for £55 million.
“The money we got for Cavani was 64.5m euros and added to the 60m euros we had set aside for the transfer budget there will be 124.5m euros to carefully invest on Napoli.
“There are various names on the table, we’re assessing the situation.”
It had been thought that Higuain, who has registered an impressive 122 goals and 46 assists in his 266 matches in all competitions for the Spanish giants since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu from River Plate in December 2006, was keen on a move to the Gunners this summer, although Wenger will now need to respond quickly to this latest development if he still wishes to get his man.