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Gonzalo Higuain staying at Napoli

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Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain will not be leaving the club in January, according to the player's agent.

The Argentinian striker has been strongly linked with a move away from Serie A in recent months, with Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea both interested, according to the Express.

However, the London clubs will have to take their search elsewhere after Higuain's agent confirmed that no transfer will be taking place in January.

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No Move Likely

Higuain was considering his future during the summer, but after much deliberation, he chose to stay put in Italy and declared it his mission to get Napoli back in the Champions League, snubbing moves abroad in the process.

Napoli have benefited greatly from Higuain's decision as he's once again shown red-hot form in front of goal, scoring 11 goals in 15 games.

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Higuain's agent, who is also his brother, has commented on the transfer rumours linking him with Arsenal and Chelsea, and he's confirmed that no transfer will be taking place midway through the season, no matter what fee is offered.

Nicolas Higuain has admitted that even if a club activated his massive release clause which stands at £67 million, they'd still struggle to land the striker in January.

Agent Statement

"We're doing really well with Napoli," he told TuttoNapoli.net.

"I've been in Argentina for five months, I'm not travelling around the world trying to sell my brother.

"If tomorrow a club arrived and found an agreement with [Dino] De Laurentiis it would be another matter and we would talk with him about it, but from our part that intention isn't there.

"We aren't planning a future elsewhere."

"Gonzalo has had a dream of winning something big with this team from the day he first set foot in Naples," he added.

"This year, we are confident: the team is doing well, they play with more intensity, they're more organised.

"There is a special feeling [with Sarri]. Gonzalo grew up as a footballer and a person as the world's biggest club, surrounded by champions. Now he is reaching maturity.”

Chelsea were eyeing up Higuain as a potential replacement for Diego Costa, who could be leaving the club, but it looks like their full focus will now be on Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

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