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Gonzalo Higuain not leaving Napoli for under €100m

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned suitors of Gonzalo Higuain that they will have to meet his release clause to sign him this summer.

That release clause stands at an incredible €100m, which, thanks to falling exchange rates, would cost Premier League clubs around £71m as opposed to the £85m it would have cost them when he first signed for the Serie A outfit in 2013.

However, De Laurentiis would still consider anyone willing to offer that amount a "madman", insisting that the Argentinian is likely to stay at the club for next season.

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"The papers don't know what they're writing," the Partenopei chief said during an interview with Sky Sport Italia. "They're inventing a sea of lies.

"The contract will be respected. He'll only go if a madman offers the buy-out clause. However, Gonzalo still belongs to Napoli."

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Higuain, who cost Napoli €40m to sign from Real Madrid back in 2013 and has since scored 53 goals in 102 appearances, has been linked with a move away from southern Italy after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Manchester United interest

Manchester United were rumoured to be considering a big money offer as Louis van Gaal looks to replace Radamel Falcao. The Colombian failed to win a permanent move to Old Trafford after a disastrous loan spell from AS Monaco and may be followed out the exit door by Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman also failed to impress last season and, with just 12 months left on his contract and growing concerns over his long-term fitness, is reportedly up for sale.

The Red Devils have the money to make a deal happen, but even the mega rich outfit may baulk at the prospect of matching the price Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale.

Arsenal interest

Arsenal have also been linked with Higuain after Arsene Wenger originally failed to sign him from Real Madrid in 2013, later going on to bag Mesut Ozil from the same club later in the transfer window.

Wenger has retained his interest and it seems a world-class striker is on his agenda ahead of what is expected to be a serious Premier League title challenge for the Gunners next season.

Higuain, who himself has suffered serious injuries in the past, scored 27 goals for Napoli this season and would have been aggrieved that his efforts went in vain. Napoli will contest the Europa League next season and the 27-year-old is certainly good enough for the Champions League.

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