Callejon hoping Higuain stays at Napoli amid Juventus links

The Argentina ace has been linked with a switch away from the San Paolo but his Spanish team-mate does not believe the striker wants to leave and is praying he remains at the club

Jose Callejon does not believe Gonzalo Higuain is seeking a move away from Napoli and is hopeful his in-demand team-mate will stay put.

Higuain topped Serie A’s goalscoring charts last term and the Argentina international has since been linked with a move away from Naples, with Italian champions Juventus emerging as a shock destination.

Napoli have quashed reports linking the 28-year-old, who has two years remaining on his contract, to Juve and Callejon is determined to see Higuain remain in Naples ahead of the new season.

“I want him to stay here at Napoli,” Callejon said.


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“I have played with him for the last three seasons, two at Napoli and one at Real Madrid, and I now have a strong relationship with him.

“I have not heard anything from Higuain that he wants to leave. A lot of the news at this time of year is just mere speculation. It would be a shame if he is not with us next season.”

Higuain scored 36 goals in Serie A last season – an all-time record in Italian top flight history – as Napoli finished second behind Juventus.

Juventus boss Allegri would welcome Higuain with open arms

The Old Lady “need champions with a lot of quality” and the Argentine striker fits the bill, according to the coach who is also keen to hold onto Paul Pogba

Massimiliano Allegri would welcome Gonzalo Higuain with open arms if the Napoli striker were to join Juventus.

The Serie A champions agreed a four-year contract with Gonzalo Higuain worth €7 million a year, Goal confirmed on Friday.

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

And Allegri believes the former Real Madrid forward would be a fine addition.


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“Higuain? Great players are always welcome,” Allegri told reporters when asked about Juventus’ interest in the striker.

“We need champions with a lot of quality to compete at the highest level.”

Paul Pogba, meanwhile, has been heavily linked with a move away from Juventus, with Manchester United supposedly keen to lure the Frenchman back to Old Trafford, but Allegri is hopeful the midfielder will stay put.

“The France internationals will return on August 7. Both Evra and Pogba? They are both Juventus players and I hope they will stay,” Allegri added.

“I am counting on Pogba.”

Allegri would welcome Higuain with open arms

The Old Lady “need champions with a lot of quality” and the Argentine striker fits the bill, according to the coach who is also keen to hold onto Paul Pogba

Massimiliano Allegri would welcome Gonzalo Higuain with open arms if the Napoli striker were to join Juventus.

The Serie A champions agreed a four-year contract with Gonzalo Higuain worth €7 million a year, Goal confirmed on Friday.

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

And Allegri believes the former Real Madrid forward would be a fine addition.


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“Higuain? Great players are always welcome,” Allegri told reporters when asked about Juventus’ interest in the striker.

“We need champions with a lot of quality to compete at the highest level.”

Paul Pogba, meanwhile, has been heavily linked with a move away from Juventus, with Manchester United supposedly keen to lure the Frenchman back to Old Trafford, but Allegri is hopeful the midfielder will stay put.

“The France internationals will return on August 7. Both Evra and Pogba? They are both Juventus players and I hope they will stay,” Allegri added.

“I am counting on Pogba.”

Arsenal have offered €50 million plus Giroud for Higuain, claims Napoli radio station

The host of Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli claims that the Argentina international will ‘almost certainly’ join the Gunners this summer following their offer for the striker


Napoli’s official radio station has claimed that Arsenal have offered €50 million (£41.8m) plus Olivier Giroud for Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentina international has been linked with a move away from the Serie A club this summer but clubs have been told they must meet the player’s €94 million (£78.6m) release clause to prise him away from Naples.

Juventus and Arsenal are two sides who are being heavily linked with Higuain, while earlier this week Giroud’s agent fuelled speculation by suggesting that the France international would be open to joining Napoli.

And now Radio Kiss Kiss’ host believes that Higuain will “almost certainly” be heading to Arsene Wenger’s side this summer.

“At the moment the rumour linking Higuain to Juve is true, but I am certain that in the end Pipita will leave Napoli to go abroad,” said Francesco Marciano.

“He will almost certainly join Arsenal. For now the Gunners are offering €50m plus Giroud.

“Arsenal are trying to free up funds by selling players so they can increase the economic part of the proposal.”

 
 

Juventus chief admits club are prepared for Pogba & Bonucci exits

Reports suggest that the France international’s move to Manchester United could be completed this weekend, while Manchester City have had a bid rejected for the centre-back

Juventus have already targeted replacements for Paul Pogba and Leonardo Bonucci, according to the Serie A champions’ director Fabio Paratici.

Reports are suggesting that Pogba’s £100 million move to Manchester United could be completed this weekend, while Manchester City have already had a £43m bid for Bonucci rejected by Juventus.

The Serie A champions have been linked with a deal for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, but Paratici insists the chances of a transfer are “distant”.

“All the big clubs know that their top players can receive tempting offers,” he said.

“At Juve, for example, we have the [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Paul] Pogba interest from many clubs and are prepared for possible replacements. That is what Napoli would be doing as well, certainly.

“However, Higuain for us is a distant thing. I hear that Napoli like more than one of our players, but I guarantee at this moment there are no offers and no negotiations.”

Higuain starred in Serie A last season, scoring a record 36 goals in 35 games as Napoli finished second.

Paratici revealed Juve were interested in the forward before he joined Napoli from Real Madrid in 2013.

“We tried before Napoli to talk with Real but did not reach an agreement,” he said.

“Because that failed, we didn’t approach him.”