Transfer Shorts

Napoli could opt to sell star man Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal instead of Serie A rivals Juventus, Sky Italia reports.

Higuain, who has just two years left on his current contract and is unwilling to renew, has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past week, with Juventus now rumoured to be ready to hijack the deal.

However, according to Sky Italia, Napoli will offer Higuain a wage rise in hope of keeping him for another season, initially.

Should Higuain reject the offer, Napoli will look to sell the 28-year-old striker to a foreign club and avoid strengthening a direct rival like Juventus.

Sky Italia’s reports match the claims made by Napoli-based radio station Radio Kiss Kiss, who state that Higuain will join Arsenal ahead of Juventus.

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Arsenal target Álvaro Morata is set to sign a five-year-deal with Real Madrid and confirm his stay with the club, Spanish outlet AS reports.

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Real Madrid acquired Morata from Juventus after activating his €30 million buy-back clause, but it had been reported extensively that the striker’s first-team demands and superior market value would see the Spanish club decide to sell him for a quick profit.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea registered their interest, but, according to AS, Morata will now bind his time behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order and sign a new contract worth €6 million-a-year after tax.

Morata is to be unveiled officially as a Real Madrid player in August following their pre-season tour of the United States.

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Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs has stated that he is “100 per cent certain” Arsenal target Julian Draxler will remain with the German club this season.

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Doubts were cast over Draxler’s future at the club after their failure to qualify for the Champions League and the cutback in investment made by owners Volkswagon.

Arsenal were rumoured to be sniffing around with a £55 million bid, meanwhile Allofs addressed queries made by the media by stating: “Clearly we have a lot to talk about.”

However, Allofs has now reassured fans regarding Draxler’s future by insisting to Sport1 that the German will be going nowhere.

“The situation with Draxler is 100 per cent certain that he will be staying at Wolfsburg,” Allofs said. “There is no discussing that.”

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