Forget Benzema, Arsenal Handed Major Boost To Complete Transfer Of Deadly Striker

Gonzalo Higuain has rejected a contract extension offer from Napoli. ( Picture: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Gonzalo Higuain has rejected a contract extension offer from Napoli. ( Picture: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Gonzalo Higuain this summer has been given a huge boost after it was reported that the Argentine international rejected a new contract at Napoli.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from Naples all summer, but clubs have been discouraged by the £64million price tag placed on him by Napoli.

The striker who was close to completing a move to the Emirates two years ago but ended up in Napoli, is now looking to leave the club after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

His brother who is also his agent confirmed that he had rejected a contract extension from Napoli, increasing speculations that the forward is likely to leave Italy.

‘We had a meeting with the President [Aurelio De Laurentiis] in Venice 10 days ago,’ said Nicolas Higuain.

‘We talked about everything. He offered a one-year contract extension, however, in my opinion – and in our opinion – we’ll continue with the original contract, expiring in 2018.

‘I don’t think we’ll accept the president’s offer, because the contract isn’t that different to the one we signed before, so for us it’s not a real offer.’

Arsene Wenger is still in search of a proven striker and might see this as his chance to get his long time target Higuain who has scored 53 goals in 103 appearances for Napoli in just two seasons.

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