Napoli angered by Higuain agent

The club posted several tweets in response to comments made by the striker’s representative

Napoli have blasted the agent of Gonzalo Higuain in a string of tweets on their official Twitter account.

The 27-year-old has been regularly linked with a move away from the Stadio San Paolo in recent months with his agent critical of president Aurelio De Laurentiis this week.

Nicolas Higuain, who is both the brother and representative of the striker – suggested the Napoli chief was continually talking about his release clause in a bid to sell him.

“I wonder why De Laurentiis keeps talking about the clause,” explained Nicolas.

However, Napoli responded with a string of tweets on Tuesday, stating: “On June 25 we announced that the release clause on Higuain’s contract was €94.736 million.

“Why did we do this? Because some important newspapers were writing that we were negotiating to sell Gonzalo for €50m.

“It is strange that some experienced journalists don’t understand such a simple concept and do not guide those who are perhaps distracted.”

I wish I could sell Higuain – De Laurentiis

The Napoli president joked with a fan that he would be able to buy eight new players for the transfer fee the club would receive for the Argentine

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he would like to sell Gonzalo Higuain, admitting he could buy eight players for the transfer fee the club would receive.

The Argentine striker has been linked with a move away from Stadio San Paolo after the club failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League. 

However, the club have insisted that they will not sell the striker for less than their €94 million release clause, although De Laurentiis suggested he could be persuaded into selling him.

“Sell Higuain for €90 million? I’d like to sell him,” he told a fan in a conversation that was recorded on their phone. 

“That way I can buy eight players for the club!”

The 27-year-old striker scored 18 goals in 37 Serie A appearances last season, with a further seven coming in the Europa League.

Betting Special: Will anyone pay the price on Higuain's head?

Although Napoli are determined not to sell their prize asset, a number of interested parties throughout Europe are monitoring his situation at the Stadio San Paolo

With Rafa Benitez gone to take over at Real Madrid and Napoli facing another season without Champions League football, star man Gonzalo Higuain could be forgiven for considering his options this summer.

However, club president Aurelio Laurentiis’ insistence that the club record signing will not leave unless a club meets his €100 million buy-out clause has dampened expectations of a transfer taking place, with Paddy Power offering odds of just 5/4 (2.25) on him remaining at the Stadio San Paolo come the closure of the window.

Nevertheless, in need of a striker after the departure of Radamel Falcao and with Robin Van Persie potentially on his way out, Manchester United at priced at a mere 7/4 (2.75) to unite the Argentina international with compatriots Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo at Old Trafford.

Having been strongly linked with the former Real Madrid man before he moved to Italy two years ago, Arsenal are next in line at 5/1 (6.00) to finally seal his signature this time out.

After already bringing in Luciano Vietto and Jackson Martinez to replace the Juventus-bound Mario Mandzukic, Atletico Madrid hardly seem worth the 6/1 (6.00) odds to shell out big money once again on Higuain.

Instead, Chelsea appear a more tempting option at 12/1 (13.00) as they attempt to replace Didier Drogba and the possibly departing Loic Remy, while Liverpool are on offer at 16/1 (17.00) to make Higuain the fulcrum of a new-look attack next campaign.

Although a move away from Italy might seem the most attractive prospect for a player looking to take the next step in his career, Milan are available at 20/1 (21.00) to tempt him to stay in the country for at least six more months.

Meanwhile, Galatasaray are on offer at 20/1 (21.00) to convince the striker to move abroad, while Paris Saint-Germain 25/1 (26.00) and Tottenham 25/1 (26.00) are outsiders for the superstar’s signature

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'Higuain staying at Napoli' – Giuntoli warns off Juventus and AC Milan

The Partenopei official has told interested parties Juventus and AC Milan that they will not sell their most prized possession this summer

Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has warned the major footballing powers in the north of Italy that they will not be selling star striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer.

The Argentina international has been a big hit at the Stadio San Paolo since arriving from Real Madrid for €40 million in 2013 and the forward still has three years to run on his current contract with the Partenopei.

However, Juventus and AC Milan have both been heavily linked with a move for Higuain, who was reportedly unhappy with Napoli’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Giuntoli, though, says that Napoli have no desire to cash in on their most prized asset, revealing that his sole focus is on strengthening the squad elsewhere.

“Some Italian clubs from the north have taken an interest, but he will stay with us,” he told Sportitalia.

“Now the job is to reinforce both the midfield and defence. We want to touch the attack as little as possible.”

Giuntoli also revealed that Napoli’s talks with Torino over the possible signing of Italy international Matteo Darmian are progressing well and could eventually lead to a player-plus-cash deal for the full-back.

“We’re speaking with Torino,” he added. “Our players Jorginho and Omar El Kaddouri could be of interest to them. We’ll see.”

'Higuain won't be sold for under €94m'

The former Real Madrid striker has been linked with a move away from Napoli, but the Serie A side have slapped a phenomenal pricetag on him

Gonzalo Higuain will not be sold for any less than his €94.7 million clause, according to Napoli’s head of communications.

The striker, 27, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Stadio San Paolo this summer following the departure of coach Rafa Benitez and their failure to secure Champions League fl.

However, Partenopei PR chief Nicolas Lombardo informed the official radio station of the club that there is no chance that the Argentina international is leaving the Serie A side unless his clause is struck.

“Napoli are keen to make an official clarification based on some newspapers’ claims in articles about the potential transfer of Higuain,” Radio Kiss Kiss stated.

“The club stresses that the Argentine has an existing contract clause of €94,736,000. No bids below that figure will be accepted, those who want the player will have to match that valuation.”

Manchester City, AC Milan, Arsenal and Liverpool are among the clubs to have been rumoured to be interested in the Argentine, who has spent two seasons in Italy since moving from Real Madrid for €40m.

Whether said clubs will have to fork out the massive fee or if Napoli are trying to push for a higher price should they be pressured into telling remains to be seen.