Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain has refused to sign a new contract with his Italian Serie A side Napoli as he looks to force a move away from the Italian club, while the Gunners continue to try and land a new striker.
Arsenal has so far failed with bids to sign England international striker Jamie Vardy and Spaniard Alvaro Morata, and it is believed that Wenger is still actively searching for a striker to bolster his attacking options ahead of the coming season.
The Argentine has since been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, but Serie A side Napoli is highly unlikely to budge on their asking price.
Napoli is not believed to be willing to sell for any fee less than his minimum release clause, which was previously revealed as €100 Million.
“I’d say that Higuain is not to be taken. He’s ours and we keep him. Also, because in his contract there is a release clause of €100m,” according to the Napoli president.
The player’s agent and brother has since announced that the striker will not be willing to sign a new deal with Napoli, and even talks of the possibility of leaving for free in two years time.
Nicolas Higuain told Radio Continental “Gonzalo [Higuain] won’t renew his contract with Napoli,’.
“Napoli are currently asking for the payment of his release clause as a condition for his departure, but Gonzalo and I decided not to extend the deal.
“We’ll see what happens next year; we could even wait until the contract’s expiry date.”
Failure to spend big and sign a challenger for Olivier Giroud, could well see the Gunners struggle to keep tabs on their rivals next season, especially with the arrivals of top managers Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.