Arsene Wenger is close to smashing Arsenal’s record transfer after agreeing to terms with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Earlier this week Arsenal and Real Madrid agreed on a £22million fee with Real Madrid for the 25-year-old, and the striker has now agreed to a £150,000-a-week contract with the Gunners. Both the transfer and wages are club records.
The signing of Higuain is a huge statement of intent by Arsenal to once again challenge again for major trophies
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been very public in his declaration that Arsenal were ready to “escalate” their spending this summer and Higuain is only the first of several big names expected to arrive at the Emirates.
Arenal continue to be linked with Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, despite Wenger reportedly having reservations about his £24m buy-out clause.
The other rumour that continues to circulate is Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney heading to Arsenal. There are whispers that Rooney has already been checked out medically by Arsenal. Earlier this month Gazidis was asked whether Arsenal had the money to spend £30m on someone for Rooney and he replied:
“We could do that, we could do more than that.
“We have a certain amount which we’ve held in reserve and we also have new revenue streams coming on board. All of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you. We can think about all kinds of things.”
Arsenal fans will spend the next couple of weeks dreaming of an attacking partnership of Gonzalo Higuan and Wayne Rooney, with Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere behind them, splitting defences with their passes. Not a bad attacking quartet!