President: Arsenal contacted me about signing striker weeks before £75m transfer
By Alex Taylor
Arsenal made a move to sign Gonzalo Higuain before his £75.3million transfer to Napoli this summer.
Higuain, 28, joined Juventus from Napoli in July shortly before the Italian champions sold Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a world-record £89million.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was in the market for a prolific goalscorer and sanctioned a move for Higuain after another goal-drenched season in Serie A.
“We received a request from Arsenal,” Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis told the Evening Standard.
“Personally I also received a request from Atletico Madrid but they didn’t put enough money on the table.
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“We were not ready to sell him – for me Higuain was not for sale.”
Wenger has faced criticism in the past for a perceived lack of ambition in the transfer market.
The north London boss has put some fans concerns to rest in recent years after completing the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil from Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
Higuain has already make his mark with his new side after bagging seven goals and providing one assist in just nine matches this season.
Despite missing out on the forward, Arsenal have made a promising start to their 2016-17 domestic campaign.
The Emirates outfit have already picked up points against Leicester, Chelsea and Southampton this season and currently sit third in the Premier League.
Wenger will be hoping his side can continue their current form as they prepare to play Swansea, Middlesbrough and Sunderland in the league after the international break.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are closing in on a winger deal.