Arsenal make approach for €60m Manchester United transfer target

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Gonzalo Higuain could be moving closer to the exit door at Napoli, with both Arsenal and Atletico Madrid believed to have made offers for his services.

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According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, both Arsene Wenger and Diego Simeone have already made approaches for the Argentina international.

The Metro add that Manchester United are also believed to be keen on the international hitman, and Arsenal’s approach may prompt Louis van Gaal to himself make an offer for the player.

Should the forward depart, it may well usher in the end of a brief but highly-promising spell at the San Paolo.

Despite making a series of high-profile signings and appointments, the club have struggled to make a concerted challenge for the Serie A title, while they also failed to reach the Europa League final under Rafael Benitez this season.

The former Liverpool coach has now been linked with the vacant Real Madrid head coach position [via Marca], meaning that another key component of De Laurentiis’s ambitions could be set for the exit door.

However, according to his brother and agent Nicolas, Higuain, who arrived from Real for €40 million in 2013, lifted the Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup with the Partenopei, is not looking to leave Napoli.

“I have not spoken with any club,” he began, as reported by Le 10 Sport, “because nobody contacted me.

“We are not thinking about leaving Naples. Gonzalo is calm, he has a contract with Napoli and he is not envisaging leaving because he is happy.”

Le 10 Sport state that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has set an asking price of €60 million for the former Real Madrid man, although the Serie A heavyweights are also open to keeping the striker.