Juventus agree personal terms with Gonzalo Higuain, now have two strategies for Napoli negotiations

Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli training
Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli training

Juventus agree to Higuain terms

Juventus have stolen a march on their rivals by agreeing on personal terms with Gonzalo Higuain, Di Marzio report. The Italian champions are willing to pay the striker €7.5 million annually. Now the only thing left to do is work out a fee with Napoli.

Napoli’s asking price

This seems to be a formality. Higuain’s buy-out clause is huge. It’s regularly estimated at around £70 million, sometimes more sometimes less. Yet Juventus are willing to pay it. However, what Juventus would prefer is to bring down the fee by offering players in exchange.

Among those being put on offer are Zaza, Pereyra, Sturaro, and Rugani.

If Napoli wanted to, they could probably get all four players and still ask for a small cash fee. But that seems unlikely. Yet even if no player appeals to Napoli, Juventus are willing to trigger the release clause. The only thing that could potentially scupper the signing of Higuain is another club coming in and swaying the 28-year-old. But that’s also looking unlikely at this stage.

Arsenal are listed as one of the clubs interested in the Argentine forward but, unsurprisingly, Arsene Wenger’s hesitancy about spending that much on a player near his thirties is more than likely going to rule them out. Now’s the time to act.