Arsenal ahead of Liverpool in betting to land Argentine striker

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Arsenal could be the team to scupper any hopes Liverpool may have of signing Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain this January, according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes.

The bookmaker has the Merseysiders behind their London rivals in the betting to land the Argentine striker, who is rumoured to be the subject of some interest from the Anfield club amid reports the South American is unhappy in Italy.

Manolo Gabbiadini has already been recruited from Sampdoria as a potential replacement for the former Real Madrid man who could cost as much as £30m.

According to The Express, the Reds are considering a bid for the 27-year-old that would see Mario Balotelli move in the opposite direction as part of a cash-plus-player offer.

However, Brendan Rodgers could yet face competition for the World Cup finalist from a familiar foe in Arsene Wenger, who previously beat the Anfield club to the signature of Chilean star Alexis Sanchez over the summer.

Liverpool are 12/1 to sign Higuain this month, while Arsenal can be backed at 10/1 with the bookmaker to land the striker in the coming weeks.

Reigning Serie A champions Juventus, meanwhile, are available at 16/1 to steal the striker from one of their main league rivals with Manchester United also offered at the same price amid rumours suggesting Radamel Falcao’s loan deal at the club may not be made permanent.

The Colombian was omitted from Louis van Gaal’s squad for the 1-0 loss to Southampton at Old Trafford over the weekend with the Red Devils boss citing the move as a “tactical” decision.

Signed from Monaco on a season-long deal, Falcao has found the net three times in 11 appearances for Manchester United to date and has yet to hit the heights that previously saw him net 70 goals in just 91 games for Atletico Madrid over two seasons.

Higuain remains likely to stay in Italy this month though, with Napoli 1/20 to keep hold of their star striker despite a patchy start to the league campaign.

Rafa Benitez’s team were knocked out of the Champions League in the qualifying stages, while last weekend’s 3-1 home loss against Juventus has left the Partenopei 13 points off the pace in Serie A, though just a single point away from third.

Only the top three in Italy qualify for Europe’s premier cup competition with just four points separating the team in third, Lazio, from seventh-placed Genoa.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.