Arsenal target Higuain up for sale - but only at £78m

Higuain's price tag is astronomical
Higuain's price tag is astronomical

Arsenal has been given a green light to sign Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer - but only if Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is prepared to meet Napoli's lavish £78.5m transfer fee.

Napoli are keen to hang on to their prized asset, with the massive buy-out clause in his contract leaving them in a strong position amid reported interest from Juventus and Arsenal.

A move to Juventus has always seemed more likely, with prudent spender Wenger highly unlikely to show any interest in a transfer now that the price tag has been set so high.

It also seems improbable that Juventus would consider paying out so much cash to sign 28-year-old Higuain, who has been a huge hit at Napoli since making the move from Real Madrid in 2013.

Sky in Italy are reporting that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis spoke to Juventus president Andrea Agnelli on Monday at a meeting of Serie A club officials, with any fee over £50m likely to banish the notion of a possible transfer.

Juventus could look to fund a move for Higuain by selling midfielder Paul Pogba to Manchester United in a deal reported to be worth £100m, but the Turin club have shown little interest in doing a deal for their French midfielder.

While the Pogba story is set to rumble on for a few weeks yet, any prospect of a move for Higuain this summer appear to be dead unless Napoli lower their asking price for the striker who smashed an impressive 36 goals in Serie A last season.