Arsenal are understood to be in the market for an attacking recruit to fill the void left by Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United in January but will have to pay an increased fee to land one reported target.
The Gunners, along with Barcelona, have been heavily linked with the services of Boca Juniors ace Cristian Pavon after his performances with Argentina at the World Cup caught the eye – although Arsenal’s interest can be traced back to the mid-season window.
Boca are determined to keep the 22-year-old though and will command a significant fee if a sale is to be agreed, taking advantage of the interest in his services by securing a new contract with the Argentina international and raising his release clause in the process.
AS state Pavon’s new release clause is set at a stunning €42.5m (£37.55m) and will command that figure if a sale is to be secured this summer, which may rule Arsenal out of the running.
The Gunners have already spent significantly ahead of the 2018-19 campaign and may not be able to afford a deal for Pavon unless funds are raised with sales.