Club chief hints that mega money Arsenal target could be sold this summer

Arsenal have been handed a transfer boost after Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis hinted that Gonzalo Higuain could be sold this summer.

The Gunners are one of a host of teams to have been aligned with the Argentine forward, who bolstered his already stellar reputation last season with a stunning 36 goals in 35 Serie A games to fire the Naples side to Champions League qualification.

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Arsenal have reportedly spoken to Higuain’s agent regarding a deal for the player, but they are reluctant to match the £78.8m release clause in his contract.

As well as the Gunners, Juventus are thought to be keen, and could see their transfer kitty bolstered dramatically if Paul Pogba moves to Manchester United for the widely mooted fee of around £100m.

And De Laurentiis has stirred the pot by claiming that his side may need to look for a replacement for Higuain before the close of the current window:

“We’re working on various areas of the pitch,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“We’re after [Massimo] Donati and 10 others. We need a right-back – maybe it’d be better to have someone who can play either side – then we need one or two midfielders.

“Then we’ll see if we’ll need a replacement for Higuain or not. Even without Higuain, we came second in 2013.”

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