Arsenal is on the verge of completing a double La Liga swoop in the coming days. The long awaited transfer of Gonzalo Higuain is set to be completed this week after plenty of speculation on the Argentine’s future.
The Gunners battled with Juventus to sign the striker but could afford more both in transfer fee and wages and reports suggest the player and club have agreed on personal terms to make him the clubs top earner on £150,000-a-week.
Arsenal are understood to have bid around £22 million for the Argentina international which is significantly higher than the current Arsenal transfer record which stands at £15 million for Andrey Arshavin in 2009.
Arsene Wenger is believed to have been interested in the striker when he broke in to the River Plate first team but his efforts to sign him then were thwarted by Real Madrid. He was eager to bring the striker to the Emirates after learning of his desire to leave the Bernabeu and now may finally get his wish.
Despite the deal being close to completion, Arsenal remain interested in Stevan Jovetic, Wayne Rooney and David Villa, however Higuain is viewed as the most realistic and cost effective of the quartet.
The Gunners are also interested in signing a defensive midfielder to strengthen in the middle of the park and have moved on to Asier Illarramendi of Real Sociedad. The young Spanish anchor had a superb season helping Real Sociedad clinch the last Champions League spot and was also part of the Spain U21 squad in the recent UEFA U21 European Championships in Israel.
He would cost around £10 million but would be a good buy considering his ability and age. He would also be able to settle in well with fellow countryman Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Mikel Arteta, with the latter also playing for Sociedad.