Juve to smash Ital­ian record for Higuain

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

JU­VEN­TUS are set to smash Italy’s trans­fer record by snatch­ing striker Gon­zalo Higuain from Napoli af­ter trig­ger­ing his re­lease clause of 94.7 mil­lion eu­ros (US$104 mil­lion), Ital­ian me­dia said yes­ter­day.

All that re­mains is the Ar­gen­tinian’s sig­na­ture, lo­cal press said.

“It’s all true. Gon­zalo Higuain will live in Turin,” de­clared the Turin daily

La Stampa, con­sid­ered the voice of the Agnelli fam­ily – which runs Ju­ven­tus.

He will be “the lethal weapon” that the Ital­ian cham­pi­ons have been cry­ing out for, it added, call­ing the move the “coup of the sum­mer”.

Higuain, 28, who has been linked with a num­ber of top clubs around Europe, is ex­pected to sign for four years with a salary of 7.5 mil­lion eu­ros a year.

The trans­fer – the most ex­pen­sive in the his­tory of Ital­ian foot­ball – is a warn­ing of in­tent from Juve, who could re­coup more than that with the pos­si­ble sale to Manch­ester United of mid­fielder Paul Pogba.

De­spite help­ing Napoli to sec­ond place be­hind Juve last sea­son, Higuain is re­port­edly keen to move to Turin be­cause of the club’s raised pro­file among Europe’s elite af­ter sev­eral years on the side­lines.

He joined Napoli for 40 mil­lion eu­ros from Real Madrid in 2013 and has gone on to be­come one of the most ex­cit­ing and most con­sis­tent strik­ers in Italy’s top flight.

He 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.

At Ju­ven­tus, Higuain would join up with fel­low Ar­gentina in­ter­na­tional striker Paulo Dy­bala, who fin­ished as Serie A’s sec­ond-high­est scorer last sea­son at 19.

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