Gonzalo Higuain will not be leaving Napoli this summer unless his release clause is met, according to the club's president Aurelio De Laurentiis
Laurentiis has insisted that he's made the player's release clause clear to stop speculation over the striker's long term future in the game.
As reported by the Mirror, a number of the Premier League's elite clubs are interested in the forward's services, with the trio of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all seemingly ready to bring him to English soil.
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It appears, though, that if any of the English big-boys are going to land the Argentine international anytime soon, then they are going to have to splash out a huge sum in order to complete the deal.
In fact, the Mirror goes on to report that his release clause is as much as £66.8million, meaning it would take a British record to bring him to the country.
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The clause is clear
"There is absolutely no chance that Higuain will leave," De Laurentiis told Italian TV station Mediaset. "Gonzalo is a Napoli player.
"I have made his (release) clause clear in order to stop the constant speculation that appears in the press. There is a precise clause."
"Higuain played in the Copa America he has the right to a certain number of days off," De Laurentiis said.
Time to look elsewhere
Let's be honest, there's no way any of Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal should splash out such a huge figure on the Napoli man. At the end of the day, the Italian outfit don't appear to be interested in budging, meaning it's going to prove extremely tricky for anyone to secure the star's services.
The trio, especially Manchester United and Arsenal, could do with adding to their strike force before the start of the new season, but Higuain is probably not their man.
Christian Benteke, of course, is proven in the Premier League, but he'd, too, prove a risk, while the likes of Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani would surely represent the big names the elite clubs in England crave.
Manchester United, who have lost the duo of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, will surely have to dip into the transfer market again, while Arsene Wenger has a big decision to make over his front line.
Perhaps Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be content with the loan signing of Radamel Falcao, who has it all to prove in west London.
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