Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney Both Open to Emirates Move, But Which Striker Will Wenger Buy?

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Jun 05, 2013 05:35 AM EDT
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Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain scores against Levante in their La Liga game, April 6"


Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain has given Arsenal a huge boost by admitting he would be open to a move to the Emirates in the summer, while Wayne Rooney has also indicated he is ready to switch allegiances from Manchester United to North London.

Higuain, who confirmed his intention to leave Real in the summer transfer window, has been heavily linked with Arsenal over the past month or so, but Juventus were thought to be the frontrunners for the Argentine international's signature.

However, no deal has been agreed yet between the Italian champions and Real Madrid, according to the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez.

"Nobody has told me yet that Higuain is leaving," Perez, who was recently re-elected Real president, told Punto Pelota. "The club have never put him up for sale. We have always told him that we do not want to sell.

"He said that he wants to leave, but there's no concrete offer. If he wants out, they will have to pay his exit clause, but there's no offer for now.

"I spoke to Juventus recently and Higuain was never discussed, so I'm a little surprised. You cannot open talks with another club's player without permission.

"Juventus are a befriended club, though, so I guess everything will soon be clear."

Higuain, meanwhile, commented on a possible move to Arsenal, saying the style of play employed by Arsene Wenger would suit him perfectly.

"There have already been offers and I hope that Madrid do the best for me and themselves," he told The Metro.

"Arsenal? They would suit me, I'm still young and I have goals.

"There are many possibilities. I want to go to a league where I'll be put to the test."

Another striker being linked with the Gunners is Rooney, and according to an exclusive in, the England international is seriously considering a move to the Emirates.

While the transfer fee, believed to be around £25 million ($38 million) would not be a problem for Arsenal, Rooney's wages would indeed be a big stumbling block.

However, Arsenal are looking at persuading the 27-year-old to accept wages which would be a little lower - believed to be around £170,000 a week ($260,000), according to the Daily Mail - but on a longer-term five-year contract, while also adding a multi-million signing on fee.

Rooney only has two years remaining on his current deal with United, and according to the report, the striker is not prepared to play under new manager David Moyes.

Wenger recently admitted his interest in the player and Rooney is looking forward to becoming the main man again if he can seal a move to Arsenal.

If the Gunners can seal one of the two above mentioned forwards, then they will indeed be in a much stronger position to compete for the English Premier League title, and the majority of Gooners out there will be hoping there is some truth to the rumors after all.

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