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Higuaín arrives in Madrid; 'Fox Sports' insist Arsenal deal close

'El Pipa' touched down in Madrid on Thursday morning and could fly to London in the coming hours. Higuaín Snr has confirmed Madrid's permission to negotiate with Arsenal.

Gonzalo Higuaín looks set to play at Arsenal next season, with ‘Fox Sports’ reporting that the North London club will pay Real Madrid a fee of 27 million euros for the striker. The figure, slightly more than the Premier League side’s initial offer of 24.5 million euros, falls below the 30 million that Madrid had been seeking for the Argentina international.

According to reports in Argentina, Higuaín is expected to fly to London on Thursday or Friday to put pen to paper on a deal at Arsenal. Meanwhile, Spanish television cameras spotted the player at Madrid-Barajas Airport on Thursday morning.

Higuaín’s father, Jorge, confirmed to ‘Fox Sports’: “We have been given permission by Real Madrid to negotiate with Arsenal. I will luckily be able to see my son in the Premier League soon.” Higuaín Snr has agreed a contract that will see his son earn 117,000 euros per week, positioning the player alongside Theo Walcott and Thomas Vermaelen as the top earner at the Emirates.

‘El Pipa’ was also a target for Juventus, but the arrivals of Carlos Tévez and Fernando Llorente at the Serie A club have seen the prospect of a move to Turin recede – and have left the ‘Gunners’ on their own in the chase for his signature.

Estadísticas AS.com