Arsenal may be set for even more frustration in their pursuit of a big name striker as Gonzalo Higuain looks likely to join Napoli after the Serie A side have claimed they have over £100million to spend in the effort to replace Edison Cavani who has joined Paris Saint-Germain for £55million.
Higuain’s representatives are in talks with new Napoli boss Rafael Benitez as he looks to replace the man who scored 38 times in 43 appearances for the club and club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been up front about his spending power.
“It’s true that we’re negotiating for Gonzalo Higuain and Leandro Damiao,” he told reporters.
“The money we got for Cavani was €64.5million and added to the €60million we had set aside for the transfer budget there will be €124.5million to carefully invest on Napoli. There are various names on the table, we’re assessing the situation.”
The striker himself though has said that his former Madrid moss Jose Mourinho is also interested in him, claiming that Chelsea are interested in snapping him up.
The Serie A side have already dealt with Real Madrid twice this summer to take forward Jose Maria Callejon and defender Raul Albiol to Naples as the president hopes to continue their recent growth domestically and in Europe.
Arsene Wenger was believed to have agreed terms with Higuain a number of weeks ago that would have put him one over £100,000 a week but new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti delayed the move as he wanted to assess all his options.
The Argentine international has since been offered as a make weight in the deal put together by Madrid to being Liverpool’s Luis Suarez to the Bernabeu this summer but the club have seen little progress on that front as the Merseysiders look to do everything to hold onto their star striker.
Arsenal meanwhile have been struggling to make progress with their own forays into the market having been knocked back by Wayne Rooney, Suarez and Higuain so far.
The Gunners are believed to have cash to spend and Wenger has said he will buy experienced players this summer but the club have failed to attract Europe’s top strikers as other clubs outbid them or are preferred by the players.
Wenger has already moved to placate restless fans that they will land a ‘spectacular’ signing this summer and the club are pressing ahead to ensure that the squad is complete before the beginning of the season