The Argentine’s father and representative Jorge Higuain yesterday commented that talks over a deal were at an advanced stage, whilst reports in England speculated that by Thursday evening/Friday morning the transfer would be complete.
However, with the player believed waiting in Spain for the go-ahead to fly out to London to sign off on a reputed three-year contract, Marca suggest that Arsenal have yet to finalise terms of agreement with Madrid.
The Gunners are understood to have offered €27m for the 25-year-old, but are still waiting for’ an affirmative answer’ from Los Blancos.
Boca Juniors are lining up a €1.5m bid for Valencia midfielder Fernando Gago, reports in the Spanish Press have claimed.
Super Deporte believe that the Buenos Aires-based club are keen to bring the 27-year-old back to the club he left in 2007.
The Argentina international is currently on loan at Velez Sarsfield, who are also said to be interested in his signature.
Gago was used sparingly by Los Che last term, playing just 13 Liga games in 2012/13.
The Under-21 international has been increasingly linked with Los Blancos as their next summer acquisition, and it is believed that club President Florentino Perez has now communicated interest to La Real officials.
AS say that Illarramendi has reciprocated with his openness to the transfer and it is believed that Madrid are now negotiating on the player’s price.
Where La Real are pushing for the 23-year-old’s €30m buyout clause to be paid in full, the capital side are reportedly open to funding that amount, but not the VAT on the deal as well, which would equate to around €5m extra.
It is understood that Illarramendi has requested that negotiations are concluded by Thursday July 11, when he is due to return to training, so as to avoid a drawn out saga.
Madrid are understood to have lined up Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia as a plan B, should talks with Real Sociedad fall through.
Russian media claim Zenit have a €9m deal for Mirko Vucinic, but Juventus sources point out they want twice that sum.
There are conflicting reports swirling around the Montenegro international striker today.
Izvestia in Russia maintain Zenit St. Petersburg have done enough to secure Vucinic by offering €9m plus a contract worth €4m per season.
However, Bianconeri sources have let it be known there is no truth in this report, as their price-tag for Vucinic is €18m.
Zenit are the favourites for Vucinic because he would be reunited with his former Roma Coach Luciano Spalletti.
Getafe president Angel Torres has admitted that the club have made an approach for Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough year at Santiago Bernabeu last term, scoring two goals in 12 Liga appearances. It is unclear though, whether the striker will enjoy the same sort of first-team experience under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
As such, the Azulones have tried to tempt the goalscorer with a loan move for next season.
“We made a request to Real Madrid,” he told reporters. “But I think there’s very little chance of him joining.
“After last season he deserves a place in their first team.”