Transfer Shorts

Juventus have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Napoli’s star man Gonzalo Higuain, according to widespread reports in Italy.

The Serie A champions are in search of a replacement for Álvaro Morata, now at Real Madrid, and appear increasingly interested in luring Higuain away from the Stadio San Paolo, with the player, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, also keen on the deal.


Napoli’s demands haven’t changed – with or without an active release clause, they’re looking for a fee in the region of £79 million – which has placed Juventus at an advantage over Arsenal due to their squad depth.

As per Di Marzio and Tuttosport, Juventus are prepared to pay €60 million, plus a combination of Stefano Sturaro, Daniele Rugani and/or Roberto Pereyra, the latter of whom has been linked extensively with a move to Napoli this summer.

Higuain has reportedly expressed his willingness to join Juventus on similar terms to the one expected to have been offered by Arsenal, with the Argentine striker intending to skip Napoli’s pre-season training at their camp in Trentino.

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Arsenal’s pursuit of Olympique Lyonnais’ Alexandre Lacazette has been put on hold, Get French Football News (GFFN) understands.


The club used intermediaries to contact Lyon and enquire about Lacazette’s availability, with general feedback being that the Frenchman shall leave Lyon for no less than the €60 million fee quoted by club president Jean-Michel Aulas.

Lacazette’s price has been considered – for now – too high by Arsenal, with the Gunners deciding to explore other options.

Aulas has expressed his desire to keep Lacazette at Lyon for another season, but, according to GFFN, the striker may be allowed to move if the price is right.

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Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has ordered Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell to begin looking for a new club, Estádio Deportivo reports.


Campbell is considered a fringe player at Arsenal and will be allowed to leave the club this summer, be it on loan or permanently.

The 24-year-old appeared 30 times last season for the Gunners, scoring four times and assisting a further six in what has been his most fruitful year in Arsenal colours.

Still Campbell failed to nail down a prominent role in Wenger’s plans, with both Valencia and A.C. Milan reportedly lining up to offer him an exit route from the Emirates Stadium.

Should the forward leave on loan, it’ll be his fifth temporary switch since arriving in North London in 2011, representing the likes of Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiakos and Villarreal over the past five years.

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Patrick Ribeiro

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