Arsenal blow in Higuain transfer chase, Juventus leads race to acquire Napoli striker

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Arsenal’s chances of landing Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has been dealt with a huge blow. Serie A giants Juventus are reportedly close in striking a deal to acquire the Argentine.

The Italian champions will make a player-plus-cash offer for Higuain which will be hard to resist for Napoli. The offer will include $77.52 million upfront with Rolando Mandragora and Roberto Pereyra. This will help Juventus meet Napoli’s release clause of $104.19 million for the player, as reported by La Gazetta dello Sport.

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The 28-year-old Higuain has been linked with a move to Arsenal for a long time. The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has been looking to add a world class striker to his squad in a bid to win the English Premier League (EPL) title. However, with Juventus coming into the picture, the player’s move to the Emirates Stadium looks highly unlikely now.

The man from Brest, France had a fantastic 2015-2016 campaign with Napoli which helped him reach the world class status. Although Higuain can be blamed for switching off on big occasions, the striker is extremely lethal in front of goal and caused most of the Italian defenses problems last season.

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The striker made 35 appearances for Napoli in the Serie A last season in which he scored a total of 36 goals. He created an amazing 51 chances for his team in which 2 were assists. Higuain has a shot accuracy of 58% and an average pass accuracy of 78%, as reported by Squawka.

However, despite all the news and rumors linking Higuain to a possible move away from Napoli this summer, son of Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis assured the supporters that the player will not be leaving the club and will be playing for the Ciucciarelli again this season.

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