Napoli hit back over Higuain to Juventus links

Goal understands the Argentina international has agreed a move to Massimiliano Allegri’s side, but the Naples club have attempted to play down an imminent switch

Napoli have hit back at the speculation regarding Gonzalo Higuain’s future and links with Serie A rivals Juventus.

The Argentina international scored a stunning 36 goals in Serie A last season – 17 more than any other player as Maurizio Sarri’s men finished second in the table.

Goal revealed on Thursday that Higuain had reached an agreement over a four-year contract with Juve, with the Italian champions now attempting to finalise a deal with Napoli.


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Higuain’s agent and brother Nicolas said last month that his client would not be renewing his contract with Napoli, which still has two years to run.

But president Aurelio De Laurentiis has now hit back and expressed his anger at the situation to Sky Italia: “It is just nonsense.”

De Laurentiis’ son Edo, who is vice-president, added to TuttoNapoli: “It is just a hoax and you must not believe everything.

“We are building a great squad for the Champions League. We have received no offer for Higuain, neither from Juve nor any other club.” 

Reports in Italy on Friday suggest Napoli are preparing a final contract offer in a bid to prevent Higuain from leaving ahead of the new season.

'Juve are using the Pogba money!' – Man Utd fans react to Higuain bid

Red Devils supporters’ excitement about the potential arrival of the French midfielder kicked up a notch upon hearing the news that the Bianconeri are splashing out


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Manchester United fans might be even more excited about Juventus’ bid for Gonzalo Higuain than Bianconeri supporters themselves.

The Argentina striker, who scored 36 goals in Serie A last season, has agreed a contract with the Italian champions and they will now try to negotiate a deal with Napoli.

Higuain’s release clause is set at a massive €94 million and despite Juve’s attempts to bring the price down by offering players in exchange, many are wondering where the cash is going to come from.

United fans think they know – in the rumoured €120m sale of Paul Pogba to Old Trafford. Here are some of their best tweets on Thursday evening…

Mourinho really does hate wenger spending all that money on pogba so that juventus can buy higuain so he doesn’t end up at arsenal

— Manutd Stat’s (@ManutdStat) July 14, 2016

It’s so obvious Juve are using the Pogba money for Higuain

— Liam. (@SimplyIbra) July 14, 2016

If Juventus are paying *that* sort of money for Higuain then it means Pogba is definitely off.

— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) July 14, 2016

Higuain’s wages = 7.5*4 = 30m + price 94m = 124m

Media says Juve will sell Pogba for €123 mill…

— hash (@hashim0307) July 14, 2016

I really hope Juventus sign Higuain. Because this could open the door for us to sign Paul Pogba as Juve may need ££. #MUFC #Juve

— Aidan Walsh (@AidanMUFC_) July 14, 2016

If Juventus sign Higuain it effectively means that Pogba to United is all but done. It’s impossible for them afford the finances without…

— ㅤㅤㅤ (@Schweinmaster) July 14, 2016

Juventus were broke last week. Now they’re bidding 75 million for Higuain. Pogba money being spent already#MUFC

— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) July 14, 2016

Juventus have reached a deal for Gonzalo higuain. I surely think that they are definitely going to sell pogba now to fund the transfer.

— Live Life Loud (@laouzz) July 14, 2016

Juventus reach agreement with Higuain

The Italian champions have finalised a four-year contract worth €7 million a season with the Argentina striker and will now look to strike a deal with Serie A rivals Napoli

Juventus have agreed a four-year contract with Gonzalo Higuain worth €7 million a year, Goal can confirm.

The Argentina striker has decided to seek a move away from Napoli this summer and Juventus will now attempt to agree a deal with their Serie A rivals.

Higuain has been linked to a number of clubs this summer, including Arsenal, after scoring 36 goals in 35 games in the Italian top flight last season.

Juve are now at the front of the queue to sign him but are reluctant to meet his €94m release clause and are instead ready to offer players in exchange to bring the price down.


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The most likely candidate to be swapped is midfielder Roberto Pereyra but promising centre-back Daniele Rugani could also be on the table.

Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta will meet with Napoli officials to discuss a potential deal in the coming days.

Juventus’ pursuit of a player of Higuain’s cost and calibre is likely to heighten speculation around the future of Paul Pogba, who has been linked with a €120m move to Manchester United.

Giroud happy to leave Arsenal in Higuain swap, says agent

Reports in Italy claim Arsene Wenger hopes to sign the Argentine for €50 million plus his current first-choice striker and the Frenchman would have ‘no fear’ in joining Napoli

Olivier Giroud is open to leaving Arsenal in a swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain, the striker’s agent has confirmed.

Reports in Italy on Tuesday claimed Arsene Wenger hopes to agree a deal worth €50 million plus Giroud with Napoli for the Argentina international having previously missed out on Jamie Vardy.

Higuain has been linked with a move to the Premier League since his spell at Real Madrid and Giroud’s agent Michael Manuello insists his client would not stand in the Argentine’s way.


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“If he was asked to leave, then we would evaluate his options,” Manuello told Radio CRC.

“There is no fear from Olivier about possibly going to Napoli: it is a magnificent city. In Campania, my client could lead a wonderful life.

“Not to mention that the type of game played by [coach Maurizio] Sarri could enhance the quality of a centre forward like him.”

He added: “Olivier is an Arsenal player. So far there has not been any communication [with Arsenal] or contact with Napoli. If Arsenal tell us to leave, then things change.”

RUMOURS: West Ham plan €70m Higuain bid

The Argetina international finished last season as Serie A’s top goalscorer, and the Irons are set to challenge Arsenal in a bid to bring him to the Premier League


West Ham are the latest club to show an interest in signing Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to Calciomercato.it.

The Irons are planning a massive €70 million offer in a bid to tempt the Serie A outfit to sell their prized asset after he finished as the league’s top scorer last season.

Arsenal are also in the race for Argentina international, with Olivier Giroud set to be offered as a makeweight in a bid to encourage Napoli to lower their price.


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