Napoli have confirmed that they are in talks with Real Madrid striker Gonzala Higuain, according to the Metro.
The Serie A runners up are looking for a new striker following the sale of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint Germain, and with £55m from that deal sitting in the bank they have the financial clout to attract players of Higuain’s ilk.
Arsenal have appeared to be front runners to sign the Argentina international, though they have as yet failed to meet Real’s £27m valuation.
Should Napoli be successful in their pursuit of Higuain, the Gunners may well turn their full attention to signing Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
A bid of £40m may be enough to persuade the Reds to part company with the Uruguayan forward, who has consistently said that he wants to move away from Anfield this summer.
However, Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for Suarez, and may themselves make a move should they lose Higuain, leaving Arsenal with no option but to look elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the club have rubbished claims that Santi Cazorla has agreed personal terms with Atletico Madrid, according to the Mirror.
Reports in Spain had suggested that the playmaker was set for a return to La Liga, though they have been dismissed out of hand by Arsenal.