Higuan joins Juventus from Napoli for £75m

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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

Gon­zalo Higuain

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