Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that Arsenal are yet to make an offer for Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain.
The 25 year old announced his desire to leave the Bernabeu at the end of last season, alerting both Arsenal and Juventus to his apparent availability.
However, Perez has stressed that the Spanish giants are keen to retain the striker’s services for the forthcoming season.
There were rumours that Higuain had flown into London last week to undergo a medical with the Gunners, though Real have since denied that any deal is near completion.
However, Perez’s comments conflict with those of Higuain’s father Jorge, who last week announced that his son was on the verge of securing a move to England.
Elsewhere, the Daily Star have reported that Gareth Barry has opened talks with Arsenal over the possibility of securing a £4m move to the Emirates.
The England international, who is entering the final year of his contract at Manchester City, is set to fall down the pecking order at Eastlands following the arrival of Brazilian international Fernandinho.
Meanwhile, Thomas Vermaelen is likely to miss the start of the forthcoming season after suffering a suspected cracked bone in his back, the Metro understands.