Napoli have stated that they will allow Gonzalo Higuain to leave the club this summer on the condition that his buyout clause is met.
The figure is believed to be a whopping £72 million pounds though, making a deal unlikely. Reports have consistently linked Higuain with a move to England, where several of the Premier League's top clubs are said to have expressed an interest.
Teams such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United currently have the Argentinian international on their radar, according to reports.
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Higuain to Arsenal?
The former Real Madrid striker has been in impressive form of late for Napoli; he has scored 18 goals in 37 appearances in 2014/15. This number however is arguably not enough for his buyout clause to be worth so much.
With Arsenal apparently on the hunt for a new goalscorer it would seem unlikely that the north London club would come close to meeting the £72m which is being demanded. The Gunners are in need of a new striker who can cement a starting place in the first team and deliver a minimum of 20 goals to help the Gunners push for the Premier League title next season.
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Whilst Higuain could certainly help their cause, but the price being asked for is too much when one considers his record last season.
Man United competition
United also are on the look out for a new striker and it would seem more likely that they would splash out on such a massive deal as their history shows they are not afraid to spend big. United are in a re-building phase, yet this can only last for so long, as the supporters of the club are now desperately crying out to be back at the top of the league once more.
Higuain would be an excellent signing for United and could be a deadly force, with Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria already in their ranks.
The main question to be asked however is whether the clubs that are reportedly interested in Higuain be willing to spend such amounts of money on a player who is now 27 and not as prolific as his price tag would suggest.
Arguably the Argentinian is well suited for the Premier League, he is a physical player with excellent technical ability and will score important goals in big games, but it might take time for him to settle in England as he has never played in the country before.
With this being said however, certainly if either United or Arsenal feel that he is the right man to help them clinch a league title then they must capture him. Higuain will be one of the biggest transfer stories of the summer if he leaves Napoli and it seems more than likely that this is the case.
Speaking on the topic, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Higuain's future? If a player has a contract this contract has to be respected. If a madman arrives and offers to pay his buy-out clause then one must consider it."
These words can be interpreted as meaning Higuain will most likely stay in Italy, but if a big offer was to come from one of the two biggest clubs in England it would be extremely hard for him to turn it down.
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