Wednesday 28 September 2016

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in pole position to land Gonzalo Higuain

Published 07/04/2015 | 08:20

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain
Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain

Arsenal are said to be favourites to land Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer.

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Napoli are struggling to qualify for next season's Champions League in the league following their weekend defeat to Roma, and it is thought Higuain would look to leave the Serie A club if they are not playing in Europe's top club competition.

Napoli are still in the Europa League and could yet qualify for the Champions League if they win the trophy which could change Higuain's mind about leaving.

It is understood, though, that Higuain has told friends that he does not want to take part in the Europa League again next season.

Reports further in Italy suggest that while Liverpool have been linked with the striker in the past, their defeat to Arsenal at the weekend may have handed Arsene Wenger's side the advantage in the race for the Argentine's signature.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have joined Arsenal in 'monitoring' Raheem Sterling's position at Liverpool.

With Sterling yet to agree terms on a new contract at Anfield, a host of clubs have become interested in the 20-year-old with Arsenal thought to be front-runners.

However, that could now change after Zinedine Zidane confirmed Real Madrid's interest.

Zidane is heavily involved in the set-up at Real Madrid and currently manages their reserve side and says they are keeping an eye on Sterling's progress.

“We know who Raheem Sterling is, and of course we are monitoring him as a player,” Zidane said.

“There are very few players in the world who can improve the Real Madrid squad, so it is going to make sense we monitor the progress of the best young players in the world. We monitored Bale for over a year, the same with Isco and also Varane.

“We monitor many of the best young players in Europe, then if we feel they have something to offer Real Madrid we will contact their club and try and make the next step.”

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