Written By: Bhavdeep Singh
Transfer Likeliness : 2/5
Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have all enjoyed the taste of a good transfer window, with the reds signing Sadio Mane most recently, the gunners persuading Granit Xhaka to put pen to paper and Chelsea agreeing a deal for Michy Batshuayi. However, with a lot of big names either being released of their contracts or not renewing their existing ones, the clubs are on the hunt for their next man.
In one such case, Argentina and Napoli forward, Gonzalo Higuain seems to have decided to not renew his contract with the Italian club which ends in 2018. His brother and agent, Nicolas Higuiain revealed that the 28 year old could be leaving on a transfer fee in two years’ time if not before that.
Now that is good news for the clubs mentioned on top since he has been strongly linked to all three. However, his current contract has a hefty buyout clause of 72 million pounds, and Napoli will sell only if a club can meet that and that’s a problem according to Nicolas himself as well.
Speaking to radio show Closs Continental, he said
This is the situation, the president is asking for the clause to be paid to let go of Gonzalo, and we have the right to refuse to renew. We arrived at Napoli with the promise of a successful project, playing in the Champions League and winning the Scudetto, with improved facilities and a desire to grow. It wasn’t right of the club to ignore those commitments.
Aurelio De Laurentiis has every right to demand the clause in his contract be paid, but my brother and I have decided not to accept a renewal. We’ll see what happens next year with Napoli, given that his contract expires in 2018 when he turns 30. For now we’ll continue to abide by the contract, after that I don’t know what will happen, whether a club will be able to buy him or not.
We have a contract with Napoli and, as a great professional, Gonzalo will continue to respect it. He’ll train correctly and give his all. But it absolutely won’t be renewed if things stay this way.
Higuain’s record on the other hand, might be worth that money, he scored an impressive 36 goals in the last Serie A season itself which helped him secure the Capocannoniere (Serie A golden boot) by a margin of 17 goals.
With the likes of Zlatan and Mkhitaryan coming to the Premier League, it would indeed be interesting to increase the competition further by getting Higuain, he could very well continue his form and help either of the clubs to win the title, or he could crack under the pressure of the most competitive league in the world, only time will tell.
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