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The Gunners have been tracking the Real Madrid striker for several weeks, and his agent now expects them to beat off interest from Juventus to complete the deal

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is on the verge of completing a transfer to Arsenal, his agent has revealed.

It emerged on Friday that the Gunners are close to sealing a €24 million move for the 25-year-old, having already agreed on a salary of £100,000-a-week.

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Juventus had been in the race to sign the Argentine, but their impending capture of Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez suggests they have dropped out of the running, a notion that has been confirmed by Higuain's representative.

"I think that Higuain is now closer to Arsenal," Nicolas Higuain told TuttoMercatoWeb.

"Juventus are a great club, but Gonzalo is too expensive for them."

Napoli were also thought be considering Higuain as a replacement for Edinson Cavani should the Uruguayan complete his anticipated move to Real Madrid, but the player's brother admits Arsenal are leading the chase.

"Napoli are a strong side and that place represents a lot for Argentines," he continued. "Saying that, I can’t deny that Gonzalo is now close to Arsenal."

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