Higuain stalls on Napoli move

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has delayed his decision over whether or not to join Napoli in the hope that Arsenal re-enter the race to sign him, the Mirror understands.

The Serie A runners up have reportedly had a £30m bid for the Argentina international accepted by the Spanish giants, though the player has asked for 48 hours to consider his options.

It is believed that the 26 year old favours a move to North London, though the Gunners are yet to make an offer, with Real having upped their asking price from £24m to £32m.

Elsewhere, Lyon’s president Bernard Lacombe has told the clubs TV channel that midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is not for sale, ESPN understands.

The France international was recently linked to the Gunners in a potential deal that would have seen Gervinho move in the opposite direction.

Meanwhile, the Metro have reported that Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar has been told to take a pay cut by Arsenal if he wants to join the club.

The Brazil international has been linked with a move to the Gunners since the Hoops relegation to the Championship was confirmed, but his wages have proved to be a stumbling block.

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