Following months of speculation Gonzalo Higuaín finally appears to be on his way out of Napoli after Serie A rivals Juventus triggered the centre forward’s eye-watering buy out clause of €94million.
Arsenal, Atlético Madrid and Liverpool had all been linked to the 28-year-old, who last season scored an incredible 36 league goals and in the process equalled Gino Rossetti’s 87-year-old record for goals in an Italian top-flight season.
Napoli remained firm on their valuation insisting that any interested parties would need to meet the release clause and Juventus perhaps flush with the potential sale of Paul Pogba, have decided that they are willing to match the price and offer the former River Plate striker a four-year contract worth €8 million a year.
Higuaín has completed a medical with the champions and all that remains is confirmation from the clubs that the Serie A transfer record has been broken.
A record previously held by Higuaín’s compatriot Hernán Crespo when he moved to Lazio from Parma for €56 million in 2000.
The transfer fee would also see Higuaín become the third most expensive player in history and undoubtedly tighten Juve’s grip on the Serie A title.
Questions maybe asked of Juventus’ willingness to pay such a sum for a player who turns 29 this year and who some claim fails on the greatest stage.
No one could question Higuaín’s scoring ability but his critics would point to a relatively poor record in the Champions League and high profile misses in three finals for Argentina.
The signing undoubtedly strengthens Juve’s hold on the league title but will it make the Bianconeri potential Champions League winners? Certainly that will be the hope.