Backpage Roundup: Gunners Putting Final Touches to Higuain Transfer, Arsenal's Vietnam Friendly to Go Through, Usmanov on Rooney and More

Gunners Putting Final Touches to Higuain Transfer
Arsenal FC’s representatives are reportedly in Madrid where they are putting finishing touches to the deal that would bring Real Madrid ace Gonzalo Higuain to the Emirates Stadium. (
It is believed that the Argentine striker has already agreed personal terms with the Gunners, and all that is left now is for the two clubs is to agree on a sale price. The two clubs weren’t too far from reaching an agreement in the previous round of discussions, and so the remaining process isn’t expected to take much time.
But Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta’s recent comments suggest that the Old Lady are still chasing Higuain and could hijack the North London club’s proposed bid to sign him.
“Higuain? I do not want to say anything because there is still so much time left for things to happen,” Marotta told Sky Sports.
Arsenal’s Vietnam Friendly to Go Through Despite Map Row
Arsenal FC have announced that their pre-season tour of Vietnam will take place according to the original plan even though the Vietnamese Football Federation are upset at them.
The Asian country’s football governing body took offence of the fact that the Gunners didn’t include the disputed territories of Spratly and Paracel Islands in Vietnam’s map shown in the upcoming friendly’s promo clip.
The North London giants apologised for the incident and posted a message on, which read: “We have a great working relationship with the Vietnamese Football Federation, who brought to our attention that the map of Vietnam in one of our promotional videos for our forthcoming visit did not include the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands.
“Arsenal Football Club does not sympathise with any political issue and consequently there has been absolutely no intention to cause offence to any country or political cause.”
Arsenal are scheduled to locks horns with the Vietnamese national football team at Hanoi’s My Dinh National Stadium on July 17.
Usmanov Sure Rooney Would Be a Hit at Arsenal
If Wayne Rooney’s proposed move to Arsenal FC goes through it would be a win-win situation for both the player and the club, according to the club’s shareholder Alisher Usmanov.
The unsettled Manchester United striker has been linked heavily with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, and Usmanov – who owns 29.9% of Arsenal – believes that the England international would fit in well at the North London club.
In an interview with CNBC, the Russian billionaire said: “(He is a) great player. If he comes it would be a big success for Arsenal and for Rooney also.”
Regarding coach Arsene Wenger, he added: “My point of view is that Arsene knows best. Of course, we as shareholders do point out some drawbacks in managing the club, in steering its way through. But I believe he is a great coach and he has already proven that last season.”
Marseille Interest Flattering for Gervinho
Arsenal forward Gervinho has reacted positively to media reports linking him with a summer move to French club Olympique de Marseille.
The 26-year-old Ivorian’s erratic performances mean that he isn’t held in high regard at the Emirates Stadium. However, his stock is still pretty high back in Ligue 1 from where he was signed by the Gunners two years ago.
Ivory Coast newspaper Le Patriote has quoted Gervinho as saying: “If I want to leave Arsenal, there will be plenty of takers, Marseille being one. They are a big club, I can say yes or no, but it is always flattering to see teams interested in you.”
Bendtner in ‘Serious’ Discussions with Frankfurt
Nicklas Bendtner could be close to sealing his Arsenal exit after Eintracht Frankfurt sports director Heribert Buchhagen confirmed that they are in advanced-level discussion with the Danish striker over a potential move.
“We are in serious negotiations with Bendtner,” Buchhagen simply told BT.
The 25-year-old has been hopelessly out of form for the past two years, and therefore, is failing to attract the interest of big clubs even with an extremely modest price tag of £3million.

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