Arsenal boss Wenger is increasingly confident of landing the Argentinian star after Italian champions Juventus were put off when Real insisted their £18m valuation was nowhere near enough.
According to The Evening Standard,the Italian champions have switched their attentions to landing Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. Juventus have been in negotiations with Real over a deal for Higuain but are so far refusing to increase their bid of £18.7m for the 25-year-old.
Reports also suggest that Arsene Wenger has already sanctioned a club record bid in excess of £20million for Higuain in order to get a deal done quickly, as the Arsenal manager wants the deal completed before his players return for pre-season training on July 4.
Delays in negotiations are down to Real Madrid being unable to finalise a deal to appoint PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.
What adds fuel to the above news is that even Skybet have placed Arsenal as the favorites to sign Gonzalo Higuain following a run of bets on the Real Madrid striker to move to the Emirates.
Juventus were initially considered the favourites to sign the Argentina international but have since drifted out to 2/1 with the bookmaker now rating the Gunners at 4/9 to secure his services.
Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said:
Widespread reports suggest that Arsenal are trailing Higuain and our punters seem convinced that Arsene Wenger will break from his stringent approach to transfer dealings and spend big.
Juventus had been as short as 2/9 to secure his services as they look to add a prolific striker to their title winning side but are now considered second favourites in what is considered a two-way battle.
The £20million fee easily surpasses Arsenal’s previous highest transfer £15m paid to Zenit St Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin in January 2009 and underlines the seriousness with which the club are determined to act this summer.
Since 2008/09 to 2012/13 the striker has scored over 20 goals in all competitions in four out of the five seasons, the lowest being 19 in 2010/11 and the highest 32 in 2011/12.
Higuain has been a consistent goal scoring threat during his stint with Real. A quick finisher who is known for his speed in the final third of the pitch and his knack for scoring important goals, Higuain could quickly establish himself at the Emirates and become a fan favourite
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