Transfer News Today: Arsenal have £22million Higuain within their grasp

Forum chatter

Jose Mourinho could be ready to let John Obi Mikel leave Stamford Bridge after Galatasaray expressed an interest in the midfielder. Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006 but the 26-year-old could be allowed to leave, with a £13million bid being readied by the Turkish champions.

Tabloid speculation

Arsenal will tie up a £22million deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain this week. The forward was on the periphery under Jose Mourinho, who preferred Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu. But with the World Cup a year away, Higuain is keen to secure regular first team football and Arsenal, who have seemingly stumbled on a gold mine, are ready to make the Argentine the club’s record signing.

The Daily Bale

With talk that Gareth Bale could fetch a world record transfer fee if he is sold this summer, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has told Real Madrid that they’d be crazy to spend £100million on the Tottenham superstar. “For me, spending £100m on Gareth Bale is foolish. I don't know how any club could spend that amount of money in these circumstances,” Fabregas said. "He is a great player with all the right attributes, but we will have to see if Madrid sign him and if he can perform there." Bale is 1.90 with Unibet to join Real Madrid and 1.57 to stay at Spurs. Fabregas himself is available at odds of 4.00 for a summer move to Manchester United, or a return to Arsenal.

Come and get me

Liverpool will only consider selling Luis Suarez once he hands in a formal transfer request. The Uruguayan, currently in Brazil for the Confederations Cup, has dropped several hints that he is looking to leave the Reds. With Real Madrid, 1.45 to land him, and Bayern Munich, available at odds of 8.00, reportedly interested in the controversial striker, Liverpool would expect a fee of around £50million, if Suarez were to leave this summer. 

In talks

Liverpool are expected to wrap up the signing of Shakhtar Donestsk playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan this week, for a fee of around £20million. The highly-regarded Armenian is believed to be central to Brendan Rodgers’s plans but it is believed a deal will only be sanctioned once the £15million sale of Andy Carroll to West Ham, 1.15 with Unibet, is complete. 

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