Napoli have released a statement regarding the future of star striker Gonzalo Higuain, confirming that they will only sell him if his release clause is met.
The Argentinian ace has been strongly linked with a move away from Naples, especially after Rafael Benitez left to join Real Madrid and the club failed to qualify for next season's Champions League.
However, despite the disappointing end to the 2014/2015 campaign, the Serie A side are determined not to lose their most important asset, and have informed interested parties that only a massive bid will be accepted.
Interest in Higuain
Higuain currently has a £67.4million release clause in his contract, and Napoli have told both Arsenal and Manchester United that they will only manage to land the striker if they meet that sum, all but ending interest from the Premier League.
Arsenal were close to signing the 27-year-old before he eventually joined Napoli from Real Madrid in 2013, but Arsene Wenger stalled on the deal as he tried to lure Luis Suarez from Liverpool instead.
With Arsenal taking time to decide on the move Napoli swooped in and captured the Argentine. He has since gone on to impress in Italian football during his two years there.
Despite the fact he now seemingly wants out of the club he'll have to accept of the fact that it doesn't look likely given the statement Napoli have recently released.
“Napoli are keen to clarify certain articles, published in some newspapers, about the departure of Higuain,” the statement in question read, via Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.
“The official clarification from Napoli is the following: there is a clause in Gonzalo Higuain’s contract. The clause is €94,736,000 (£67.4m).
"There have been no bids. Anyone who wants the player will have to pay the club that amount."
Strikers Needed in England
It's thought that United and Arsenal are both in the market for new strikers, but after being informed about Napoli's intentions they will surely start looking elsewhere.
United need to replace Radamel Falcao, who returned to AS Monaco after his season-long loan, and also could need to find an alternative to Robin van Persie, who may leave the club during the summer months.
As for Arsenal, they need backup for Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck, but could go all out and sign a first-choice striker.
United and Arsenal fans, would you be happy if your club spent the said sum on Higuain? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.
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