Personal terms have been agreed with the Gunners for quite a while now and all that remains is for Arsenal to agree on a fee with Real Madrid, who want €30 million (£25.5 million, $40 million) for the 25-year-old.
Arsenal hope to secure a move for around £22 million ($33.4 million) as Arsene Wenger looks to make Higuain the highest paid player and one of the central figures at the club.
Spanish newspaper Marca claim the Argentinean striker has all-but signed off on terms to join Arsene Wenger’s side, but must now wait for the two sides to come to an agreement over a fee.
The Madrid based publication says that the transfer is nearing, mainly because of the player’s will to make it happen. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over the Spanish side and Marca say he’s keen on Gonzalo Higuain but that the striker has made his mind up and wants to go to Arsenal.
Higuain’s father Jorge is at the center of all the negotiations, and it has been made clear to Real that the Argentine international is keen to end his seven-year stay at the Bernabeu this summer.
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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.
Higuain would perfectly fit into Arsenal’s 4-3-2-1 system and given his ability of bringing others into play could offer alternatives across the forward line. The 25 year old is not exactly known to be a ruthless striker, but he is pretty clever in front of goal and with his strong physical presence he can give opposition defenses a run for there money.
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.
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.
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