Serie A - Transfer round-up: Higuain set for Arsenal after Tevez joins Juve

A round-up of the day’s transfer gossip in Italy, with Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Juventus in tatters.

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Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain is on his way to Arsenal after he proved to be too costly for Juventus, who instead signed Carlos Tevez.

The Old Lady were in negotiations for the Argentine international who has made it clear he wants to leave Madrid this summer.

Juve officials have flown out for talks with the player and his club over the last six weeks, but the Turin giants have now wrapped up a €12m deal for Manchester City’s Tevez.

“I think that Higuain is now closer to Arsenal,” Nicolas Higuain, the forward’s agent-brother, told TMW on Wednesday.

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

Serie A rivals Napoli have also been associated with the South American as a possible replacement for Edinson Cavani.

“Napoli are a strong side and that place represents a lot for Argentines,” Nicolas added. “Saying that, I can’t deny that Gonzalo is now close to Arsenal.”

Rafa Benitez has reportedly requested that new club Napoli make a move this summer for Real Madrid’s Jose Callejon.

On from securing the signature of winger Dries Mertens this week, the Italians are now reportedly considering a €10m move for Madrid’s attack-minded Callejon.

The 26-year-old’s versatility is reportedly seen as a key asset by Benitez, who according to the Corriere dello Sport has specifically requested the former Espanyol man’s signing this summer.

Callejon has made 54 League appearances for Madrid and managed eight goals since Los Merengues bought him back from Espanyol in 2011.

The representative of Inter's Cristian Chivu admits he doesn’t know whether the club want to keep or sell his client this summer.

There are reports that the Nerazzurri want to get the player off their wage bill, just 12 months after he signed fresh terms.

“I don’t know if Chivu will leave Inter or not,” Victor Becali told “He still has a year left on his deal and he wants to respect that.

“I still haven’t spoken with the directors and I don’t know their exact position on the situation.”

The Romanian defender, 32, featured in just 15 games for the club last term after struggling with injuries.

Fredy Guarin’s agent assures he “wants to stay at Inter, as Manchester United, Tottenham and Anzhi are not part of our plans.”

The Colombian international midfielder has repeatedly been linked with a summer move to fund other transfer bids.

“He wants to stay at Inter,” agent Marcelo Ferreyra told FcInterNews today. “He is happy here and wants to become a champion with those colours.

“Manchester United, Tottenham and Anzhi are not part of our plans. We are not interested in joining other clubs.

“My assistant wants to win with Inter. Does the club want to sell him? That is not what I’ve heard.”

Mathieu Flamini and Milan will have to meet again after no agreement over a new contract was reached on Wednesday.

The Rossoneri spoke with the midfielder’s agent today to discuss a possible extension. His present agreement expires at the end of this month.

Sky Sport Italia are this afternoon claiming that the main hurdle revolves around the proposed length of the renewal.

The Diavolo have offered a two-year contract for the former Marseille and Arsenal man. The midfielder is looking for a three-year deal.

“The meeting was necessary to make our position clear and understand the thoughts of the club,” agent Helene Misserly stated outside of the club’s Via Turati HQ to Milan News.

“We need another meeting to make a decision. Flamini is happy at Milan, but that doesn’t mean that he will stay.”

Reports suggest Mehdi Benatia is on the verge of joining Roma with Under-20 Uruguay star Nico Lopez moving to Udinese.

The negotiations have been going for several weeks and appear to have reached a breakthrough today.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a deal could be completed within hours.

Roma would bring in French-Moroccan defender Benatia in exchange for cash plus Lopez, who managed only one goal and six appearances at the Olimpico last season.

Udinese are excited about signing Nico Lopez, who is currently starring for Uruguay in the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Today he found the net in Uruguay’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand.

Inter are reportedly in talks with Dejan Stankovic in the hope of rescinding his contract at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The Serbian still has 12 months left to run on his agreement with the Italian club, but he is no longer part of their project.

Sky Sport Italia claim that Inter technical director Marco Branca held talks with agent Claudio Vigorelli this morning.

The two parties are trying to reach a financial agreement seeing as the veteran nets €2.7m a season with the Beneamata.

Stankovic, 34, joined Inter in January 2004, six months before his contract at Lazio was set to expire.

The versatile midfielder made just three appearances for the outfit, totalling 124 minutes in Serie A, last season.

Stankovic has been linked with a possible return to his former Roman club or a future in the MLS.

Felipe Anderson will complete a transfer from Santos to Lazio after an agreement was finally reached.

The capital club have been after the Brazilian since January, but finding a compromise with his third-party owners had proved problematic.

However, according to Sky Sport Italia, fees have now been agreed between all parties for the 20-year-old.

It is being claimed that Santos will net €4m from his sale and 25 per cent of any future transfer fee for the midfielder.

Doyen Sports, the company who have an interest in the South American, will be handed €3.8m for their share.

Anderson, born in April 1993, has appeared in over 100 games for Santos – the club who signed him in 2007.

The player, a Brazilian Under-20 international, will sign a five-year deal in Rome worth €800,000 a campaign.

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