NEWS FROM 4 ARSENAL WEBSITES THIS AFTERNOON!
Gonzalo Higuain’s protracted move to Arsenal is inching closer by the day with the Guardian one of several outlets reporting that the striker is on his way to London to undergo a medical after we agreed a £23m deal with Real Madrid.After weeks of negotiations which saw the two clubs clash over a fee, with Arsenal believed to be refusing to meet Madrid’s £25.5m asking price, it seems we’ve finally had a breakthrough with the newspaper claiming a £23m deal has now been agreed.
Higuain’s father, and agent, Jorge confirmed they have been given permission to talk with the Gunners, although slightly worryingly he also hinted that Juventus may still be in the running for his sons services:
“We have been given permission by Real Madrid to negotiate with Arsenal. With luck I will see my son in the Premier League soon.”
“There isn’t anything signed yet, but the negotiations are very advanced. We haven’t spoken about the contract yet. Arsenal have made a great offer, in the same way as Juventus.”
Hopefully Higuain senior was talking in the past tense, as in Juventus did submit a great offer – but one that was rejected by Real Madrid – as I think Gooners would explode if he ends up heading to Turin instead of north London.
The Guardian seem confident it’s a ‘done deal’ though and they say the 25-year-old is now expected to land in London soon to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms – although other reports claim we’ve already agreed a three-year deal worth £100,000-a-week and he could be revealed as an Arsenal player as early as Friday, but this may just be conjecture at this point.
It’s getting closer Gooners, hopefully it wont be too much longer until we see Higuain holding an Arsenal shirt on Arsenal.com!
There has almost definitely been contact already between Arsenal Football Club and Gonzalo Higuain, but the rules about transfer dealings state that there can be no official discussions between players and prospective teams without the express permission of the player’s existing club, and that means that the selling club have to accept an offer before they allow their players to start organising their transfers.
The father of Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that Real Madrid have now given the Argentinean striker permission to begin talks with Arsenal, and that means that the clubs must have agreed on a transfer fee. The Spanish and Argentinean media is reporting that the Gunners have increased their offer slightly, although sources differ as to what the final figure is, somewhere between £20 and £25 million. Do we care? Not a jot, as long as the deal gets done.
Fox Sports Argentina goes on to report that the 25-year old striker will fly into London either today or tomorrow to complete the deal, which will earn him just over £100,000 a week. This will make him the highest paid player at the Emirates, but not by much so it leaves the Arsenal wage structure relatively unscathed.
Hopefully we can now have an official announcement before the end of the week and we can start looking forward to the season.
Arsenal’s Higuain transfer negotiations at ‘an advanced stage’: latest news from Spain
Arsenal’s biggest transfer in years looks like it could finally be about to come off, according to reports in Spain. Gonzalo Higuain’s father Jorge has spoken about his son’s negotiations with the Gunners, so talkSPORT thought it was only right to look at what the Spanish press are saying about the whole affair…
An initial agreement between the clubs could already be done
Throughout the process of Higuain’s transfer, Jorge Higuain has stressed that his son would like to leave Madrid in the right way, without causing a fuss at the Bernabeu. As such, many outlets, like Argentina’s Ole are presuming that an agreement between Arsenal and Madrid has now been made in principle, given the admission that Higuain is now negotiating personally with Arsenal. Jorge explains:
“We received permission from Madrid to negotiate face to face with Arsenal, and luckily I’ll soon be able to see my son in the Premier League”. The wheels are in motion, it seems.
Madrid and Arsenal close to sealing the deal
Marca echo the sentiment, saying that “Madrid and Arsenal are close to reaching an agreement for Higuain.” They run a further quote from Jorge Higuain, in which he says that “we wouldn’t negotiate with a club if there wasn’t a previous agreement with the selling club.” Things look promising for Gooners, therefore.
Personal terms still to be agreed
Over at TV football programme Punto Pelota, more details of the progress in negotiations were revealed, with Jorge quoted as saying that “we still haven’t spoken about a contract, that will happen when there is an agreed fee between the clubs. Arsenal have made a big offer, like Juventus.” The line being touted by PP as well as several other Spanish outlets is that Juventus have fallen away from the race to sign Higuain, following their completion of a deal for Carlos Tevez. He’s Arsenal’s to lose.