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Juventus meet Higuain’s €94m release clause

Gonzalo Higuain is close to completing a big money move to Juventus, if reports in Italy are to be believed. 

Various sources report that Juventus have met the forward’s €94million release clause, meaning Napoli have no option but to sell their prized striker.

Higuain is thought to have already completed a medical in Turin ahead of putting pen to paper on a four-year deal, worth €7.5million per year.

Juve will pay the astronomical fee in two instalments – €47million now and €47million next year.

The 28-year-old scored 36 goals in 35 appearances in Serie A last season and will be a welcome replacement for Alvaro Morata, who left Juventus for a return to Real Madrid.

Some believe Juventus’ willingness to spend such a large fee suggests Paul Pogba is set to go in the opposite direction to Higuain.

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a £100million move to Manchester United.

Riyad Mahrez accepts offer to join Arsenal

Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has accepted an offer from Arsenal, according to reports. 

Eurosport France claim the Algerian has agreed to join the Gunners, but the deal is yet to be finalised.

It is understood Arsenal will submit a bid of £41million for the 26-year-old, which will be accepted. Leicester are reluctant to sell the winger, however they do not want to block the progression of his career.

Mahrez’s, Kamel Bengougan, was at Arsenal’s pre-season friendly against Lens on Friday and it is thought he met with Arsene Wenger after the 1-1 draw.

Leicester have spent the summer attempting to fend off interest for their key men. Jamie Vardy eventually opted against joining Arsenal, but the Foxes were unable to prevent N’Golo Kante’s transfer to Chelsea and Riyad Mahrez looks set to be the next out of the door.

The reports come just a week after Claudio Ranieri’s claim that: ‘It is over, the market is closed here. Mahrez wants to stay.’

That now looks unlikely as Arsenal are closing in on the signature of the Leicester Player of the Year.

Mahrez has spent two-and-a-half years in the East Midlands since joining from Le Harve for the tiny price tag of £300,000. After a season in which he scored 17 times and made 11 assists as Leicester were remarkably crowed Champions of England, his value has now risen to in excess of £40million.

The move will no doubt come as a huge blow to Leicester as the prepare to defender their Premier League title and for a Champions League campaign.

Gonzalo Higuain would consider Arsenal switch

The transfer talk surrounding Gonzalo Higuain refuses to go away and there have been further developments on the whole situation  – and it could be good news for Arsenal fans.

According to reports from Italy, Napoli’s star striker would certainly consider a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer if a concrete offer from the Gunners was made.

Arsene Wenger’s side are in desperate need of more attacking reinforcements and if they do manage to land the Argentine, it would be a massive boost to the squad.

However, they do face competition for his signature from both Juventus and PSG, with the former having already launched a bid to try to sign Higuain earlier this month.

Napoli are believed to be holding out for close to €100m for their prized marksman. An astronomical amount of money for the 29-year old.

It’s no surprise, though, given the season he has just had with club and country, featuring 52 times last term and scoring 42 goals.

Arsenal’s reluctance to spend has been well documented, however, Arsene Wenger has confirmed they “remain in the market” for further signings.

The north London club have already splashed out £34m on Granit Xhaka, while Japanese striker Takuma Asano and 20-year-old defender Rob Holding have both joined for a combined £4m.