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Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is ready to spend £25.5 million on Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuaín, according to Massimo Marioni at The Metro.
Real general manager Jose Angel Sanchez announced in May that the 25-year-old Argentine forward had no future at the club.
"Higuaín will leave, Benzema will stay and two others will come," Sanchez said to L'Equipe via Sky Sports.
Higuaín is a world-class finisher but what about Olivier Giroud's development?
Didier Drogba endured similar ups and downs during his first season with Chelsea before becoming one of the best players in Europe.
Giroud aside, will Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott be fine out wide despite preferring to be the Gunners' No. 9?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored and created a combined 28 league goals for Saint-Étienne this season, is a cheaper alternative should the move for Higuaín collapse.
Wenger is also competing with Juventus for Higuaín's signature.