The transfer saga surrounding Gonzalo Higuaín is entering its final stages. The Real Madrid striker has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and is keen on a move to the Premier League club. However, the Gunners’ bid for the 25-year-old falls short of Napoli’s offer, which meets Madrid’s valuation of the player.
The Serie A club, armed with a considerable transfer war-chest following the sale of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain for 64 million euros, are ready to pay 37 million euros (rising to 40).
Meanwhile, Arsenal are refusing to go higher than 28 million, with reports in ‘The Sun’ claiming that Higuaín will wait 48 hours to see if they up their bid. However, the British newspaper adds that the London club do not want to become involved in a bidding war for the player.
Madrid, who are dependent on Higuaín’s transfer fee to sign a replacement striker, are unwilling to back down. Liverpool’s Luis Suárez, valued at around 47 million euros, is the favourite to move to the Santiago Bernabéu.