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Arsenal update: Higuain medical rumours, to sign this week?

By Stefano on July 4th, 2013

Gonzalo Higuaín’s father has once again let the cat out the bag.

He has suggested that Arsenal are on the verge of sealing a £23m deal for son by telling told Fox Sports Argentina that negotiations between the two clubs and the player are “very advanced”.

He added

“We haven’t spoken about the contract yet. Arsenal have made a great offer, in the same way as Juventus.”

The Guardian, who presumably have another source have even suggested that the player is

‘expected to fly to London this week to undergo a medical.’

So is it a done deal? It looks that way…



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Arsenal update: Higuain, Rooney and, err, Gareth Barry

By Stefano on July 3rd, 2013

So the Gonzalo Higuain chase drags on yet another day and still the Real Madrid player hasn’t put pen to paper and signed for the The Gunners. The Daily Mail has a theory why it is is taking so long and that is because no one wants to sign for Arsenal first.

The paper suggests that no one believes that the club will spend the money so Higuain, Rooney and Fellaini don’t want to be the marquee signing in case others don’t follow.

Here’s Martin Samuel in full flow on the matter.

Could it be that Arsenal are experiencing the same complication as Walker: they need to make a marquee signing to make others believe in their project, but somebody has to be the first to jump.
If Higuain signs, will Rooney warm to Arsenal, too? If Rooney and Higuain are bought in, who else would come to regard Arsenal as an option?

The problem is the club have spent so long as the poor relations among the elite, with so many unfulfilled promises of substantial investment, that the professional view is sceptical: when they see it, they’ll believe it. But who wants to be first?

Is he right? Well the Rooney deal seems just a little more likely after yesterday as The Sun, and others say clear the air talks between the England player and new United manager David Moyes haven’t gone well. The Sun says that Fergie number two Mike Phelan is convinced that Rooney is heading for the exit.

He says

Those talks will continue today but Phelan, who left his role as assistant manager at Old Trafford last month, believes both parties could agree a parting of the ways is for the best.

He added: “Somewhere down the line there will be words said, there will be meetings. They’ll see if it’s still alive and worth going for or they’ll call time on it.”

The Sun also has a storythat I doubt that will please many Arsenal fans. It suggests that put off by the huge fee that Everton are asking for Marouane Fellaini that Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to Gareth Barry as a possible player to fulfill the holding midfielder role. The Sun suggests that the 32 year old could be picked up for next to nothing too.

An insider said: “It looks like Arsenal are just weighing things up at the moment and they do have other priorities. But they know Gareth would do a good job for them.”

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Five reasons why Arsenal will make big transfer announcements this week

By Stefano on July 1st, 2013

The last month or so has been a long and painful one for Arsenal fans as they have watched as potential targets have whizzed in and out of Arsene Wenger’s radar before deciding that they don’t fancy north London at all, or Arsene doesn’t fancy the size of their proposed wage packet – you decide.

However I think the phony war could be about to come to an end and and here are five reasons why.

1 Arsenal need to sign players soon – The team’s disastrous start to the 2011-2012 season was characterised by the fact that Wenger left most of his shopping to deadline day. He didn’t last year and it helped. And he won’t again this year. Arsenal need players embedded in the squad quickly, after all the team have the small matter of a Champions League qualifier on the horizon.

2 The Transfer window is officially lifted today – Ok, so you can make deals and sign players in June but it all becomes official today as the transfer widow begins. Expect to see a couple of mooted signings like Yaya Sanogo plus a few youngsters announced very shortly.

3 The Arsenal back room staff are back at work – The team are back from their well earned break today, tanned, rested and eager to get back to work. Deals, if they are going to to happen, can happen quickly now

4 One big deal must be ready by now – The hot money is obviously on Higuain, but you never know. The Marouane Fellaini discussions might be a lot further advanced than everyone outside of the club thinks.

5 Arsene Wenger has relocated the Arsenal fax machine – It hasn’t been used since January and was probably tidied away by the cleaner. But it is plugged in and ready to start whirring now. Hopefully.



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Gonzalo Higuain’s Arsenal move is close says his agent

By Stefano on June 26th, 2013

The marathon race that is Gonzalo Higuain’s move from Real to Arsenal inched closer to the finishing line today with a quote from his brother who is also his agent.

Nicolas Higuain told Tutto Mercato Web: “Now that Tevez is signing for Juve, does that mean Higuain is closer to Arsenal? I think so.

“Juventus is a great club, but Gonzalo is too expensive for them. Napoli? They’re a strong team and a club that means a lot to Argentines.

“But having said that, I can’t deny that Gonzalo is now close to Arsenal.”

So is that a done deal now? Gunners fans are you starting to worry that all the energy that’s being invested into securing this deal has meant that others are slipping past?



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Arsenal update: Higuain deal gets closer, Rooney keen, Carroll miss

By Stefano on June 20th, 2013

Some very good news for Arsenal fans. The Telegraph is reporting that Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has agreed person terms with the London club. He will apparently earn £130,00 a week making him the highest paid player at the club.

Arsenal are expected to pay around £22 million for the player too which will also make him the club’s record signing.

So Arsenal fans? How exited are you about this one? Is Higuain the marque signing you were hoping for?

Or maybe you are more excited about Wayne Rooney? The Star is reporting that the Gunners are now favourites to land the England striker.

It says

A month ago bookmakers were offering a price of 50-1 on Rooney – who told Sir Alex Ferguson he wanted to leave United – signing for the Gunners.

But it’s been backed in ever since and it’s now just 6-4 with BetVictor for the England ace to link up with Arsene Wenger.

The paper also says that Rooney would favour a move to Arsenal over possible suitors PSG and Chelsea.

So does the Higuain signing make the Rooney move less or more likely? Well the jury is out on that one. Rooney is alleged to have been monitoring the players coming in to measure Arsenal’s ambition. But would Wenger then spend on two strikers especially after Rooney has made it clear that he wants to start up front and not behind a striker as he did this season at United?

On the slightly more bizarre note the Star is claiming that Arsenal attempted to make a last minute grab for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll. The paper reports that the Gunners were eventually put off by the cost of landing the player which it says would have been in excess of £60 million.



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Arsenal update: Ruben Garcia, Gonzalo Higuain and Asier Illarramendi rumours

By Stefano on June 18th, 2013

Well it is all going on in Spain. After plundering the country for Fabregas, Cazorla, Monreal, and in a roundabout way Arteta, Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be injecting some more La Liga blood into his Arsenal team.

The latest in the Higuain saga has been documented elsewhere with one Italian paper even picturing him wearing an Arsenal shirt. Might he be the first big Arsenal transfer announcement of the summer?

Or maybe that might be Levante’s Ruben Garcia? According to the Spanish daily Marca, Arsenal have made an enquiry regarding the player who has already admitted that he wouldn’t be averse to a move to North London.

The 19 year old is coming off the back of a great season in La Liga, but with Yaya Sanogo seemingly a cert to arrive at the Emirates might two young strikers be pushing it? He could cost up to 10m million Euros too. And besides there’s also Joel Campbell too.

The Daily Mail is suggesting that Arsene Wenger is also mulling over a move for Real Sociedad’s defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi. The paper does say though that Arsenal might find themselves facing some serious comeptiion to secure the services of the 23 year-old with Barcelona and Real Madrid also set to pounce.

Illarramendi is currently on duty at the Under-21 European Championships, where a good performance could hike his price up a few more million.



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Arsenal update: Higuain and Nani looking good, Payet on radar

By Stefano on June 17th, 2013

After a quite few days there’s bit of an avalanche of Arsenal related news this morning most of which revolves around Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain.

After it seemed as if Juve were odds on to land the striker Arsenal now appear to have assumed pole position with several papers suggesting that the club have tabled a £20 million bid which apparently is a few million more than Juve were offering.

It now seems that Juve will spend the cash on previous Arsenal target Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, and possibly even Man City’s Carlos Tevez.

The Standard does report though that the main problem with the deal has been the managerial situation at the Bernabeu with Real not yet in a position to confirm as replacement for Jose Mourinhio.

The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and would command a fee of no more than £10m should talks with new boss Manuel Pellegrini conclude with his departure.

The online debate about whether Arsenal should be interested in Man United erratic winger Luis Nani is a likely to shift up a gear today with reports that the player and the club are on the verge of agreeing a deal which will see the Portuguese star move to North London for £8 million. The Metro says that Turkish club Galatasary who were also tracking the player have been priced out of the deal leaving the path clear for Arsene Wenger to take a gamble on a talented the controversial winger.

There may be more chance for Nani at The Emirates if Gervinho makes the move to Marseille which has been reported on by many sources this weekend.

But then again he may be competing for a place in the side with Lille winger Dimitri Payet who is reportedly to be keen to move to a club that can offer him Champions League football. The 26-year-old scored 12 times and provided an impressive 13 assists in 38 Ligue 1 appearances last season.



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Higuain too! Chelsea now chasing the same strikers as Arsenal and Real

By Stefano on June 13th, 2013

Here’s an interesting snippet coming out of Spain tonight. It seems that new Chelsea boss (that really doesn’t sound quite right) José Mourinho really might have it in for both Juventus and Arsenal. After rumours that he might be ready to pounce on want-away Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic (s target for both Juve and Arsenal) it now appears that he is also thinking about a move for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain! So Arsenal, Juve and now Chelsea are chasing the same pair of forwards!

The news comes from a Spanish radio station Cadena Cope and was reported on an Italian site here and loads of others too.

It might be quite credible as José Mourinho obviously worked with Higuain at Real and he is expected to sign a high profile striker this summer to compete with new signing Andre Schurrle as well as Torres and Ba.



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Arsenal update: Michu a new target? Higuain making positive noises

By Stefano on June 4th, 2013

If I had a quid for every time I heard a Gunners fan suggesting that lanky Spanish goal merchant Michu would look good leading the Arsenal line I’d be a rich man.

But does Arsene agree? Well The Mail seems to think he might. The paper is running with a story this morning that Wenger might not just be hoping to raid Swansea for centre back Ashley Williams but Michu too.

The paper says

But Sportsmail can reveal a shock move for Swansea’s prolific striker has been discussed by Wenger and his scouting team.

Well Michu scored 22 goals last season, which coincidentally is around the same number that Theo Walcott bagged, but you get the feeling that with his clinical finishing he would have scored a lot more had he been given stronger service.

Michu isn’t of course the only option. The Mail also reports that the club are mulling over moves for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko too.

Meanwhile some interesting new quotes have emerged from Spain that are attributed to Madrid’s want away striker Gonzalo Higuain,

The player confirmed this weekend that he wants to leave Madrid, but we only got half the quote in the UK media and interestingly some of the rest of what he says refers to Arsenal.

Higuain said

“I am leaving Real Madrid, the decision has been made, I feel the time is right and I want a change of scenery. I have not decided where I will go, but the club already know that I want to go. It was my decision. I feel that this is the end of my cycle here.

“I shall choose the next team on the basis of sports projects. Arsenal? They might suit me. I’m still young, I have goals and I will do everything to achieve them. Juve? They are many possibilities. I want to go where I can seriously be put to the test. There are offers and I hope that I hope that they [Madrid] do the best for me and for themselves. Besides I was bought for 15 million and now I will be sold for a figure considerably higher.”

Wenger has been a fan of Higuain for several years, the striker boasts some very impressive stats – 122 goals in 266 games for Real Madrid – he seems a better fit than say Jovetic, especially if Arsenal re-sign Fabregas. I guess much depends on how keen the player is to try his luck in Italy.



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Arsenal update: Benteke wants to be a Gunner, but Higuain fancies an old lady

By Stefano on May 24th, 2013

There’s good news and bad news on the striker front for Arsenal fans this morning.

The really bad news is that it seems unlikely that Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain will be and Arsenal player as according to a newspaper in Italy he is heading for Juventus.

La Repubblica suggests that the marksman had already agreed to join Juventus on a four year deal. The only potential stumbling block is the price with Madrid wanting £25 million and Juve obviously not wanting pay anything like that.

The only sliver of hope for Arsenal,fans is that Juve are also supposed to be on the verge of nabbing Stevan Jovetic too. And they have already lined up Athletic Bilbao’s Spanish forward Fernando Llorente on a free transfer. So do the team need a trio of new world class strikers?

One goal score with plenty of Premiership experience has given the club a bit of come and get plea.

Christian Benteke told the Express yesterday…

“I hope that if I leave my club a deal can be done more quickly than the one last year,” he said.

“There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa, and I don’t think there is any need for one. If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I am convinced that we can reach a compromise where everybody comes out a winner.

The paper says that £20 million would be enough to scoop the Belgian marksman, but that Atletico Madrid are also keen on the player too.



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Jovetic to Arsenal not happening says agent

By Stefano on May 23rd, 2013

Stevan Jovetic’s agent seems to have poured some very cold water on the prospect of the player moving to North London. In an update that has just been reported by the Metro Fali Ramadani says his client is not interested in moving to the Emirates.

‘Stevan prefers to stay in Italy rather than move away,’ said Ramadani.

The 23 year old had previously been very keen on a move to the Premeihsuip, so it seems odd that he has changed his mind.

The news will alert Juventus who have been chasing the player, yet seem to prefer Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain (another player linked with Arsenal).

So how seriously should we take this pronouncement? Well the Jovetic to Arsenal transfer is a saga of Illyiad style proportions and probably hasn’t run its course yet.

If Juve do sign Higuain then expect the Montenegrin to be waxing lyrical about his love of Islington restaurants.

I wonder if the agenct is mischief making too as it seems that neither club will match his valuation of the player.

This one is set to run and run.



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Arsenal update: Sanogo medical, Vermaelen and confusion over Higuain

By Stefano on May 23rd, 2013

There is plenty of Arsenal related transfer gossip this morning though sadly not much of it relating to Stevan Jovetic. It does seem that the deal with Fiorentina has stalled and that Arsenal run the risk of letting Chelsea sneak in and do an Mata.

There is also plenty of confusion about the future of Gonzalo Higuain too. Last night news from Italy suggested that Juventus had won the race to sign the Argentinian, however in what it claims is an exclusive the Daily Star says the opposite is true

And Starsport revealed yesterday how incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was plotting to hijack the Gunners’ bid to sign Fiorentina’s £25m-rate forward Stevan Jovetic.

That leaves Higuain, 25, as the number one choice – and the Gunners are understood to have contacted Real to sound out whether they would be prepared to sell.

The club are also keeping fairly quiet about what is happening with the transfer of French striker Yaya Sanogo. According to the Lyon website Lyonne.fr the player has had a medical and the move is imminent.

Guy Cotret said

He gave us his answer. He chose to join Arsenal and so he left to have his medical there.

Finally The Sun is going with the story that Arsenal are willing to listen to £5m bids for skipper Thomas Vermaelen.

As it points out

It would mean the Gunners taking a £5m hit on a player they bought from Ajax for £10m four years ago.

The Gunners captain is apparently desperate to stay in north London, but it seems as if the club are very keen on shipping him out



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Arsenal update: Higuain bid, but is he the striker you want?

By Stefano on May 21st, 2013

There have been whispers for a few weeks now that Arsenal are about to launch a bid for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain. Now even the broadsheet papers are getting in on the story with the Telegraph claiming that the player has emerged as the Gunners’ number one target and that a bid of £19 million has been lined up.

According to the paper Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is going to move swiftly so he has a settled team ready for the Champions League qualification games in August.

Higuain would be a real quality addition to the the Arsenal squad and he has a very good record scoring 120 goals and providing 45 assists in 264 games for Madrid.

However the paper also says that Wenger is mulling over three other targets; Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, Wayne Rooney and another Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Looking at that list I think Higuain seems the most likely, but maybe Jovetic will be coming too.

So which one would you prefer?




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