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.

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