Milan - Italian champions Juventus are set to pay a hefty
94.7 million euros ($105m) release clause in Gonzalo Higuain's contract with
Napoli to lure the Argentina star to Turin, reports claimed Monday.
Higuain joined Napoli for 40 million euros from Real Madrid
in 2013 and has since gone on to become one of the most exciting, and bankable
stars in Italy's top flight.
The 28-year-old centre-forward hit a stunning 36 goals last
season to break Gunnar Nordahl's 66-year-old record of 35 goals for AC Milan in
a 20-team season, which he achieved in 1950.
Now the Argentina star is set to break Napoli hearts by
joining their bitter, northern rivals in a deal that could see Juventus offer
several players and pay the massive release clause to Napoli to secure
According to widespread reports in the Italian media,
Higuain has personally agreed to the move.
Talks between both clubs were expected to begin on Monday
and although they may continue for some time, Juventus are set to pull out all
the stops in a bid to secure Higuain.
La Gazzetta dello Sport said Juventus are willing to offer
striker Simone Zaza and defender Daniele Rugani as part of the deal.
If Higuain were to join Juventus, Napoli would then focus on
replacing him with either Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Alvaro Morata (Real
Madrid) or Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), said the report.
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Napoli have maintained in recent weeks that Higuain is not
for sale, the club's vice-president Edoardo De Laurentiis -- the son of club
owner Aurelio -- even telling worried fans on Sunday to "sleep tight"
when asked about Higuain's possible departure.
But a front page headline in Gazzetta dello Sport warned
Napoli fans it was "Higuain Day" and that Juventus would be
"launching an assault" in a bid to close the deal.
At Juventus, Higuain would join up with fellow Argentina
international striker Paulo Dybala, forming a formidable duo that would likely
strike fear into the hearts of Serie A defences before a ball is kicked in
While Higuain hit 36 league goals in 2015-2016, Dybala
finished Serie A's second-highest scorer on 19.
Dybala also followed Higuain on the social media platform
Instagram last weekend, fuelling speculation the Napoli striker is set to quit
the southern club two years before his current contract expires.
Juventus claimed their fifth consecutive Serie A title last
season with a nine-point cushion on Napoli, who will feature in next season's Champions
The new Serie A season starts on August 20.For
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