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Higuain Moving Closer To Being Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Gonzalo Higuain’s impending move to Arsenal is seemingly getting nearer by the day to completion, as the striker has reportedly finalized personal terms with the club, and is waiting for the Gunners to finish negotiating the transfer fee with Real Madrid to seal the deal.

Arsene Wenger has been keen on signing an out-and-out center forward to sustain a constant flow of goals next season. The French manager has tested the route of signing a winger and transforming him into a striker in Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott, and Gervinho in the past, and those moves did not deliver consistent returns. Olivier Giroud, who finished his first season up front for the Gunners, still has plenty of room for improvement despite having a decent first season in English football.

Higuain has had a hard time at Madrid over the past few seasons, dealing with some bad injuries plus competing with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Both attackers have taken the Santiago Bernabeu by storm, and left little room for Higuain to play regular football. Also, in the reign of Jose Mourinho as manager, Higuain found it difficult to get a consistent run of games.

According to Metro, the fee demanded by Madrid for the striker is in the range of £25 million, and without the scare of the price inflating, now that Juventus have secured Tevez, the deal looks set to be concluded.

The Argentine striker has been associated with the Spanish club for nearly 7 years, having represented them on 187 occasions, scoring 107 goals in the period – a very good return.

Another striker linked with a move to Arsenal has been Stevan Jovetic, but that move seems to have gone cold over the past week, with Higuain’s impending move dominating the media reports. Jovetic had declared that he would like to see a new challenge in his career, and Madrid could be the destination where he replaces Higuain.

Ancelotti will begin work as manager this week, and on top of the agenda will be finalizing Higuain’s future. Wenger will look to sign the Argentine international as soon as possible, as Arsenal’s pre-season campaign begins this month.

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