Juve To Challenge Gunners for Strike Duo
Arsenal will face competition from Serie A’s Juventus for the signatures of both Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain.
The Gunners are likely to sign at least one of the two players with the 23-year-old Jovetic the likely first choice. Despite reports last week that Arsenal will try and capture Fiorentina striker Jovetic at a knock-down price of around £15million Fiorentina will demand 30million euro (£25million) – the same price tag they put on the Monetenegro international last summer. Juve were interested then, as well, but baulked at the price tag and ended up signing Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner on loan!
Jovetic decided to spend another season with Montenegro and his 12 goals in Serie A have propelled Fiorentina to just outside the Champions League spots in Serie A. The Viola have to win their final game next weekend and hope AC Milan slip up I order to clinch a place in Europe’s top competition and Jovetic’s next destination will depend very much on who qualifies for the Champions League. He wants Champions League football and Arsenal will have to ensure qualification ahead of north London rivals Spurs to have any chance of securing Jovetic’s signature. Officials from the Emirates have met with his representatives on a number of occasions.
Arsene Wenger travelled to Paris last week to meet Jorge Higuain, the father of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. The 25-year-old Argentina international is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer after six seasons with the club in which he has averaged better than a goal every other game. His 13 goals in La Liga this season have come at a rate of one every 118 minutes.
Arsenal will offer Real 25million euro (£21million) for Higuain along with a five-year contract. Juventus have reportedly offered 22million (£18million).
As a French passport holder there would be no requirement for a UK work permit.
Monaco Want Gonalons
Arsenal target Maxime Gonalons is wanted by Monaco. The big-spending outfit won promotion back to Ligue 1 this weekend after two seasons out of the top flight and reports from France claim they will challenge Arsenal for the Lyon defensive midfielder.
Reports in the UK press on Sunday claimed Arsenal would launch a 20million euro (£17million) double bid for Gonalons and another Lyon midfielder, Clement Grenier, but Gonalons is also wanted by Monaco, who are expected to secure the signing of Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao for a fee of £50million!
Speaking to French TV station Canal+ Gonalons said he was not thinking of his future but he pointedly refused to dismiss Monaco’s interest:
“I have heard some rumours about me and Monaco,” he said. “I do not know anything, nor does my agent.
“For now, I’m with Lyon and I do not know my plans for the future. We will think about this later.”
France international Gonalons is under contract to Lyon until 2016 but any deal with the cash-strapped French side would have to take place before their financial year end on 30 June.