Tuesday 26 September 2017

Window watch: Gunners aiming to seal Higuain deal

London calling: Gonzalo Higuain is nearing move to Arsenal. Photo: AFP
London calling: Gonzalo Higuain is nearing move to Arsenal. Photo: AFP

WITH Carlo Ancelotti's appointment as Real Madrid manager finally confirmed, Arsenal are hoping to push through the signing of Gonzalo Higuain for a club record fee of £22m before the start of pre-season training on July 4.

Ancelotti's arrival at Madrid will also help finalise the future of Napoli forward Edinson Cavani, who is understood to favour a move to the Bernabeu above joining Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

A Napoli-based radio station has claimed that a £49.3m deal had been agreed with Chelsea, but, although Mourinho is keen on signing Cavani, nothing will be finalised until the player returns from the Confederations Cup with Uruguay.

BLANC STEPS IN TO REPLACE ANCELOTTI

Laurent Blanc has replaced Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St-Germain on a one-year deal with the further option of a second season.

This again points towards PSG's desire to recruit Arsene Wenger once his Arsenal contract expires at the end of next season. Arsenal, however, remain confident that Wenger will agree to extend his contract and oversee a significant escalation in the club's spending power.

As well as Higuain, Wenger is evaluating his options in central midfield, central defence and among his goalkeepers. Arsenal failed with a January deadline day bid for Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, but have been monitoring other alternatives, including Celtic's Victor Wanyama. Southampton had a £12m bid accepted for Wanyama (right), but that deal has collapsed because of the personal terms and agent fees that were being demanded. Liverpool are also interested.

RUMOUR MILL

Internazionale are monitoring Micah Richards' contract negotiations at Manchester City, with an eye to taking the 25-year-old on loan if he fails to reach an agreement with the club.

DONE DEALS

German international Andre Schurrle has set his sights on silverware at Chelsea after becoming Jose Mourinho's first signing of the Portuguese's second spell as boss. The 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal following his move from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee reported to be £18m.

Ireland U-21 international Sean McGinty has joined Sheffield United on a two-year contract. The 19-year-old defender had his previous contract terminated by Manchester United in May after he had a loan spell halted by Tranmere Rovers when he failed to turn up to training.

Former Derry City striker David McDaid has left York City by mutual consent after just four substitute appearances since joining on an 18-month deal in January.

He is now available on a free transfer and a return to the League of Ireland could be on the cards for the 22-year-old, with Sligo Rovers among the clubs believed to be interested.

Irish Independent

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