Arsenal set to finalise £22m Higuain swoop

ARGENTINA striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to jet into London next week to finalise the terms of a record £22m move from Real Madrid to Arsenal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has a reputation for being notoriously mean in the transfer market, however he sees the 25-year-old as a player worth breaking their stringent wage structure to sign and is prepared to splash out significantly more than the club-record £15m paid to Zenit St Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin in 2009.

Higuain scored 18 goals for Real last season and has won three La Liga titles in six campaigns at the Bernabeu.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka has signed a one-year contract with West Brom, following his release from Juventus.

The Baggies become the sixth different Premier League club the 34-year-old has played for, having also enjoyed spells at Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea.

Holland midfielder Marco van Ginkel is set to become new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s second signing of the summer, after the Blues agreed a fee with Vitesse Arnhem for the 20-year-old’s services.

His arrival, in an anticipated £8m deal, follows last month’s capture of Germany striker Andre Schurrle.

And new Manchester United manager David Moyes has completed his first significant moves of the summer by adding veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs and recently retired Phil Neville to his backroom staff.

Giggs, who turns 40 in November, has been appointed player-coach, while Neville will take up the first-team coach role vacated by Rene Meulensteen who has joined Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

“It’s a great privilege to be appointed as player-coach,” said Giggs, who won 13 league titles with United. “I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long.”