Arsenal have backed out of the race to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and have instead switched their attention to Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, after being put off by Higuains €94m price-tag.
Arsenal are set to launch an attack for Icardi, seen as the cheaper alternative, as Arsene Wenger plans a £46m bid for the Argentine, reports Gazetta World.
The Gunners are desperate for a new striker with Welbeck injured until February, Giroud not due back until late August and a doubt over star man Alexis Sanchez, following an issue with his ankle, that he sustained on international duty at the Copa America.
The North London side were keen to sign 28-year-old Higuain from Napoli, but were put off by the Argentine’s huge buyout clause of €94m, a price Wenger would never pay despite his 36 goals in Serie A last season.
Although, it seems that Arsenal are still somewhat interested in Higuain, having offered €50m plus French striker Olivier Giroud to Napoli, which was declined.
So Arsenal find themselves on the hunt for Mauro Icardi instead, to become the main striker at the Emirates as Olvier Giroud just doesn’t make the cut as a top-class striker despite his good goal return at stages in the last campaign.
However, the Inter forward was said to be ‘not for sale’ by club president Erick Thohir, but a move out of Italy could be on the cards as the forward’s demands for an improved contract haven’t been met.
The 23-year-old, who bagged 16 league goals last year, is slated to have his wife deal with any negotiations with a transfer fee around €50-€55 set to be discussed.
As with Higuain, the former Sampdoria striker is interested in a move to the Emirates, with reports surfacing that he has been invited over to London by the club to tempt him into joining the Premier League.