Arsenal set to miss out as Juventus reach agreement for £79m man – report
By Dominic Toner
Juventus have agreed a deal to sign Naploi forward Gonzalo Higuain, according to a report.
Arsenal recently made an enquiry for the prolific striker, but were told they would need to match the £79million buy-out clause in order to secure his services.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Italian giants have agreed to match the £79million fee and the player completed a medical yesterday with the club.
Higuain will sign a contract worth £6.28million a year and link up with forwards Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and West Ham target Simone Zaza.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has also confirmed on Twitter that a deal for Higuain has been agreed between the two clubs.
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Gonzalo Higuaín has signed a 4-year deal at Juventus and will earn around €7.5m-a-year. (Source: @FabrizioRomano)
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) 23 July 2016
The prolific striker has scored 227 career goals, netting an incredible 38 times for Napoli in just 42 games last season, including 36 in 35 Serie A matches.
The former Real Madrid striker has made it clear that he does not want to extend his Napoli contract, which expires in two years’ time.
Arsene Wenger may continue to search for a new striker this window with Frenchman Olivier Giroud their only recognised senior striker, although he did score a respectable 16 league goals last season.
Attacking duo Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott have both been used to lead the line in the past but Wenger still feels he needs a new striker, and will have to search elsewhere after Higuain’s immediate move to Juventus.
In other Arsenal transfer news, they are imminently set to sign £42million playmaker from Premier League rivals.