'Higuain going nowhere unless madman bids €100m'

The striker is reportedly unsettled at the Stadio San Paolo, but Napoli boss Aurelio De Laurentiis has no intention of selling him

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists Gonzalo Higuain is going nowhere – unless a “madman” decides to meet the striker’s €100 million buy-out clause.

Higuain joined the Partenopei from Real Madrid for €40m in 2013 and has since netted 53 times in 102 outings in all competitions.

With Napoli having failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League – and falling in the final qualifying round last term – speculation is rife that Higuain wants to leave the San Paolo for one of Europe’s elite.

However, De Laurentiis says he has no intention of cashing in on the Argentina international, who still has three years to run on his contract with the Serie A side.

“The papers don’t know what they’re writing,” the Partenopei supremo said of the forward’s reported unrest during an interview with Sky Sport Italia. “They’re inventing a sea of lies.

“The contract will be respected. He’ll only go if a madman offers the buy-out clause. However, Gonzalo still belongs to Napoli.”

Higuain has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Liverpool said to be among his many suitors.

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