Juventus are set to end their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain after failing to persuade the player and will now be shifting focus to Carlos Tevez instead.
Despite reports that the Argentine star had nearly completed a deal to join the Gunners, the player’s father made it clear yesterday that Juventus had also tabled an offer for the striker.
Indeed, the Italian side were ready to match Real Madrid’s £23.7m valuation of the striker in order to beat Arsenal to Higuain’s services as Spanish journalist Guillem Balague tweeted; “Juve and Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Higuain and will fight it off with Madrid. Biggest offer will take him”.
But according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Juventus may no longer continue to rival Arsenal’s bid for Higiauin after the 25-year-old refused to favour a move to the Serie A. As a matter of fact, Juventus are now targeting a different Argentine striker in Carlos Tevez after agreeing a £10m fee with Manchester City today.
The Italian champions offered Higuain a slightly higher amount than the Gunners in terms of wages but Arsenal’s proposal of £150,000 per week is still enough to double the Argentina international’s current wages at Real Madrid where he earns considerably less than fellow striker Karim Benzema.
Contrary to reports over the weekend, the 25-year-old is not yet scheduled for a medical at London Colney since Real Madrid and Arsenal have not completely finalised all formalities in the transfer, but after appointing Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager today, Higuain’s London move may just be a matter of days away.