Wednesday 28 September 2016

Arsenal cleared to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli

Published 05/08/2015 | 08:48

Gonzalo Higuain is under contract with Napoli until June 2018
Gonzalo Higuain is under contract with Napoli until June 2018

Arsenal are set to sign contract rebel Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli, according to The Metro.

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The Argentine striker was offered a new contract at the San Paolo but has turned it down, fuelling speculation that he may finally complete a move to Arsenal.

Higuain, who joined Napoli in 2013 after he was expected to sign for Arsenal, is keeping his options open by turning down Napoli's contract offer, and his brother and agent Nicolas explained the situation.

"We had a meeting with the President [Aurelio De Laurentiis] in Venice 10 days ago,’ said Nicolas Higuain.

"We talked about everything. He offered a one-year contract extension, however, in my opinion – and in our opinion – we’ll continue with the original contract, expiring in 2018.

"I don’t think we’ll accept the president’s offer, because the contract isn’t that different to the one we signed before, so for us it’s not a real offer."

Higuain has scored 53 goals in 102 games for the Italian club, and would be seen as an upgrade on Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners have also been heavily linked with Karim Benzema, but Real Madrid are determined to keep hold of the player.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday that Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla does not expect the move to go through.

“Everyone would like to have him on their team, but the coach already has a squad and probably will not find another forward,” said Cazorla.

One player Arsenal may be about to sign is Liverpool target Denis Cheryshev.

The Metro reports that Wenger has upped Liverpool's opening offer of £14.2 million with a bid of £15m for the out of favour Real Madrid winger.

Arsenal also look likely to succeed with their pursuit of Roma defender Alessio Romagnoli.

The centre-back has turned down an offer from AC Milan and could be heading to the Emirates this month.

Young forward Chuba Akpom meanwhile has joined Hull on a season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old will join fellow Gunners loanee Isaac Hayden, 20 at the KC Stadium.

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