bwin have now stopped taking bets on Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain signing for Arsenal this summer after fresh reports emerged today that the Gunners are on the verge of smashing their record transfer fee, as well as their wage structure, to capture the striker.
In a move that signals Arsenal’s intentions for the coming season, it is believed that the hitman, who has struck 20 goals in 32 games for Argentina, has agreed terms on a £125,000-per-week deal – making him the highest-paid player in the club’s history, eclipsing the wages currently earned by Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere.
And with a fee in the region of £25 million set to be paid to Madrid, Arsenal will also be smashing their transfer record for the 25 year-old, beating the £15 million that the Gunners paid Zenit St Petersburg for Andrei Arshavin in January 2009.
It was thought that Higuain, who has scored 122 goals in 266 games for Real Madrid, would wait until the Spanish giants appointed a new manager following the departure of Jose Mourinho last month before deciding on his future.
But it seems that the former River Plate forward is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, allowing Arsene Wenger to make an early move for the striker.
The Frenchman, who has endured eight years without a trophy at the Emirates, is going into the summer transfer window with as significant a kitty as he has ever enjoyed following a change of emphasis at the club.
And with a reported £70 million to spend – chief executive Ivan Gazidis described it as “an escalation in our financial firepower” – Wenger will be hoping to end that long trophy drought in 2013/14.
To that end, the Gunners are 10/1 to win the Premier League, 8/1 to win the FA Cup, the same price to win the Capital One Cup and 28/1 to win the Champions League.
Arsenal are also 13/20 to finish in the top four.