Arsenal ‘Close’ To Record Signing | Tottenham Hijack Move For £6.5m Defender

By on June 26, 2013

The Gonzalo Hiuguain to Arsenal saga has taken another step forward today Gooners with the players agent and brother, Nicolas Higuain, confirming that the striker is now close to a move to the Emirates after Juventus agreed a deal to sign Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

We’ve been going head-to-head with the Italians for Higuain in recent weeks but as I said earlier today, with the Serie A champions now signing Tevez for £10m they no longer require another striker, paving the way for Higuain to join Arsenal.

Now the Real Madrid hitman’s brother/agent has admitted that a move to the Emirates is now ‘close’ after Juve switched their attention to Tevez as they couldn’t afford Higuain. He’s quoted in the Daily Mail as saying:

‘If Tevez joins Juve, is Higuain closer to Arsenal? I think so.

‘Juventus is a great club, but Gonzalo is too expensive for them.

‘Napoli are a strong team. Having said that, I cannot deny that Gonzalo is now close to Arsenal.’

The Argentinean is expected to cost £22m – a record fee for Arsenal – and personal terms of around £130,000-£150,000-a-week are reported to have been agreed. With Carlo Ancelotti now confirmed as Madrid’s new manager we can expect the future of Higuain to be resolved soon, and it looks like a move to Arsenal is a distinct possibility.

So hopefully we’ll have a new striker on board shortly but one player who we may ‘miss out on’ is Dinamo Zagreb defender Tin Jedvaj with reports today suggesting Tottenham are now considered favourites to sign him.

We’ve been heavily linked with the youngster in recent weeks with the players agent confirming our interest just last week, with him quoted as saying in the Metro:

Roma offered £5m, but that was rejected. Milan and Arsenal are both interested though, we expect to hear more from them.

Until yesterday he was a step away from signing with Roma, then I do not know what happened with the president of Dinamo.

It is on the basis of €5m. Roma have made this offer, you should ask the president of Dinamo how much more he asked for.

The boy is interested in coming to Rome. It is the first team that is interested, then were added Milan and Arsenal.

However, it appears our rivals have joined the chase with Sky Italia claiming that Spurs are on the verge of submitting a £6.5m bid for Jedvaj and are now considered as favourites to sign the talented centre-back due to Daniel Levy’s excellent relationship with Dinamo.

Arsenal are linked with a player and a week later Tottenham are in for him? Surely not?! Seriously, do they even have their own scouting team?? Who knows if Sky Italia’s report is accurate but we’ll have to see if the sc*m do end up getting the lad, I’m sure there’s a long way to go before that happens.

Anyway, we’ve got bigger fish to fry. Let’s wrap up Higuain and push ahead for Marouane Fellaini!

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Do you think Arsenal will end up buying Higuain, or will there be a last minute hitch?