Transfer Shorts

Arsenal are considering making a player plus cash bid for Napoli’s star man Gonzalo Higuain, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Gunners are widely-reported to be in the hunt for a new striker this summer, with Higuain’s name becoming the latest to be highlighted as a potential target.

Napoli have so far stood by the player’s release clause resolutely, however, a staggering €94 million (£80 million) price tag, but Arsenal are hopeful they can use Olivier Giroud as bait to lower the Italian club’s demands.

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is believed to have kept an eye on Giroud’s performance in the Euro 2016 final for France.

Higuain, who scored 36 goals in 35 league games last season, has also been targeted by Chinese club Hebei Fortune, but the 28-year-old rejected the temptation of a lucrative deal.

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Arsenal target and current Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan could be available for as little as £23 million this summer, Marca report.


The Turkey international joined the La Liga champions from Atlético Madrid last summer for £34 million and made 18 appearances (810 minutes of football) since being registered in January 2016.

Turan’s future at Barcelona now looks even more uncertain following the return of Villarreal playmaker Denis Suárez to the Camp Nou, costing little less than £4 million.

Despite the player’s wish to stay and fight for a place in Barcelona’s XI, as claimed by Marca, the Catalan giants view Turan’s departure as good business for the club, even at a cut-price deal.

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Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has rebuffed rumours regarding reported Arsenal targets Mauro Icardi and Jeison Murillo.


Colombian centre back Murillo had been linked to the Gunners in a £15 million switch by Sky Italia, meanwhile Icardi, despite not appearing to be Arsenal’s primary target, has also had his name associated with a move to North London.

The talk went as far as Icardi’s wife-turn-agent, Wanda Nara, claiming that Inter had placed the striker up for sale, later saying “we’ve understood the club’s economic situation and, evidently, they cannot hold Icardi back.”

Ausilio has wasted no time, however, by reaffirming the club’s position regarding the two South Americans as the Italian club unveiled the signing of Turkish left back Caner Erkin.

“There have never been talks over Jeison Murillo,” Ausilio said. “Icardi signed a new contract a year ago, we’ve made him our captain and he’s not for sale. Anything else is just talk.”

Inter Milan are expected, as per numerous sources, to sell a highly-valued player this summer in order to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

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Newcastle United have the completed the transfer of Arsenal academy graduate Isaac Hayden for an undisclosed fee.


Hayden joins recently-relegated Newcastle, now hot favourites for promotion, on a five-year-deal after spending his final year as an Arsenal player out on loan.

The defensive midfielder made 24 appearances on loan at Hull City last season, 18 of which were in the league, as the Tigers sealed promotion back up to the Premier League via the play-offs.

Arsenal’s former Under-21 captain made just two appearances for Arsène Wenger’s side, both in the League Cup, after representing the Gunners since 2008.

Patrick Ribeiro

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