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Arsenal have finally joined the Premier League’s biggest spenders after finalising a record-breaking deal to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain that could be worth a staggering £50million.

And the club’s billionaire shareholder Alisher Usmanov has also urged manager Arsene Wenger to keep splashing the cash with a move for Wayne Rooney.

It was earlier this month that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the club were now in a financial position to be pursue Europe’s more expensive players, and so appease supporters long frustrated by Wenger’s more frugal approach in the transfer market.

Higuain is the first real evidence of a shift. As revealed by Sportsmail on Tuesday, Higuain has agreed to join Arsenal next season after successful talks between Arsenal chiefs and the Argentine’s representatives.

It is understood the 25-year-old has agreed a four-year contract, which inclusive of bonuses is worth up to £150,000 per week.

And the clubs have now virtually agreed a £22million fee for the striker, who has scored 117 goals for Real since his arrival from River Plate in 2006.

Only the fact the Spanish club do not have a manager in position to sign the deal off is delaying the completion of the transfer.

Carlo Ancelotti is expected to be appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement in the coming days and barring the unexpected prospect of Ancelotti blocking the move, Higuain will complete his switch to the Emirates Stadium.

The signing of such a stellar name as Higuain provides evidence that the Gunners, after years of light spending in the transfer market, can now compete for some of the world’s top stars.

Higuain will become Arsenal’s most expensive ever signing, surpassing the £15million paid to Zenit St Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin.

He will also be the club’s top earner, overtaking Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski, who earn in the region of £100,00-per-week.

Sportsmail understands that Chelsea remain Rooney’s preferred destination should the unsettled England striker decide to leave United after nine years.

He believes he is more likely to fulfill his ambitions with the Europa League winners, while Chelsea are also more capable of matching his £250,000-a-week wages.

Rooney told United he wanted to go before the end of last season and is unlikely to change his mind despite the appointment of his old Everton manager David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement.

He is currently on holiday and has not yet had a proper discussion with Moyes about his future, although the two men are expected to meet on his return.

Moyes could yet persuade Rooney to stay and extend a contract that is due to run out in two years’ time. It is also possible the 27-year-old may move abroad if there is interest from one of Europe’s top clubs.
Source: Daily Mail

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