Higuan joins Juventus from Napoli for £75m
JUVENTUS have signed Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.
The 28-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Juventus after the club met his buyout clause of 90m euros (£75.3m), which will be paid in two instalments.
Higuain’s move is the third highest in history and the most expensive domestic transfer of all time.
Higuain, who joined Napoli from Real Madrid in 2013 for £34.5m, was linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal earlier this month.
The £75.3m fee for the France-born forward is dwarfed only by those paid by Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m) and Gareth Bale (£85m).
The previous highest domestic transfer was the £50m deal that took Spain striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011.
Higuain won the Capocannoniere — Serie A’s golden boot — last season after scoring a league record-equalling 36 goals as Napoli finished runners-up to his new club. It was only the second time this century a player had scored more than 30 goals in a Serie A season, following Luca Toni’s tally of 31 for Fiorentina in 2005-06.
The transfer could have a bearing on Manchester United’s move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with the 23-year-old reportedly the subject of a £100m bid from the Premier League club. — SuperSport