Gonzalo Higuain is close to signing for Arsenal, after reports have emerged that the club has agreed a deal for the Real Madrid forward.
Spanish Publication AS reports the Gunners have agreed a fee of £22.5 million with Los Blancos. The report also indicates Arsenal and Higuain have agreed a wage structure, paying the striker £115,000 per week.
Both numbers represent club records. That is ample proof that Arsenal's much lauded willingness to spend big this summer is real.
Manager Arsene Wenger appears determined to field a top class striker in the new season. Arsenal's attack certainly suffered after the sale of talisman Robin van Persie last summer.
The goals still flowed with Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud sharing the burden up front. But neither were consistent scorers. They combined for just 22 goals in the English Premier League.
In particular, they failed to score in six games against the top three. Arsenal failed to beat Chelsea, Manchester City, or Manchester United. The failings of their main strikers in these games was a major reason why.
Adding a quality, big name striker like Higuain, should solve this problem. His intelligent movement, pace and efficiency in front of goal should make him prolific in Arsenal's style of play.
The Gunners were defensively solid for most of last season. They also created an ample number of chances.
What they were missing was a legitimate 20-30 goal striker to act as the focal point in attack. United won the league thanks to van Persie's 26 goals. City captured the crown in 2011/12, largely thanks to Sergio Aguero's 23 league goals.
Higuain can make that level of impact at Arsenal. While this deal has gone back and forth in the press, the consistency of the rumor lends credibility to the Gunners' interest.
If Wenger breaks his wage structure and transfer record fee to sign Higuain, it will be a serious statement of intent. It would show disgruntled fans Wenger is determined to better equip his squad to credibly compete for major trophies this season.685362