​Arsenal are interested in signing Napoli and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli.

Former Real Madrid striker Higuain has consistently been linked with a move to North London and Arsenal, but no move has ever materialised. But Giulianelli has now claimed that Arsenal have made contact with Higuain’s agent, and that they are interested in exploring the possibility of bringing the Argentinian to the Emirates. 

Higuain, 28, scored 36 Serie A goals in 35 appearances for Napoli in the 2015-16 season, and could be one of the most sought after targets during the transfer window.

It seems clear that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is intent on bolstering his strike force for the 2016-17 season, with Olivier Giroud consistently coming under scrutiny for his frustrating goal droughts, despite his relatively healthy return of Premier League goals per season. 

He finished the 2015-16 Premier League season with 16 goals and six assists, and has also been scoring for France during the European Championships, currently on three goals while also registering two assists.

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Arsenal failed to sign Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy, despite activating a release clause and offering a contract, with the 29 year-old preferring to remain at the King Power stadium after their shock Premier League title win. 

Arsenal have so far signed Swiss international Granit Xhaka during the transfer window, and could go back in for another midfielder with Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta all being released at the end of the 2015-16 season. A

rteta has since been announced as part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City after he retired as a player. Giulianelli has also said ​via his Twitter page that Arsenal have made contact with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Gabriel Barbosa and Alexandre Lacazette.