Gonzalo Higuain has completed a £79 million move from Napoli to Juventus, according to Italian news outlets.
Sky Italia have reported that the Argentine has signed a 4-year contract with Napoli’s fierce rivals, after the attacker had a secret medical examination in Madrid.
Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal were also believed to be in the race for the 28-year-old’s signature, but Juventus have flexed their financial powers and activated the striker’s buyout clause.
The £79 million transfer fee will make Higuain one of the most expensive football transfers in history, putting him just behind Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Higuain made history in the Serie A last year, when he scored 36 goals for Napoli, thereby equaling an 87 year old record.
The Argentina international signed for Napoli from Real Madrid back in 2013, and still has two years left on his contract.
Napoli’s club President, Aurelio De Laurentiis, made a statement on Higuain’s future earlier this month. He was confident that the attacker would stay in Naples for the upcoming season, even rejecting advances from Atletico Madrid.
“I haven’t spoken to the player. The only offer I’ve had was from the president of Atletico Madrid last month and I told him we couldn’t do anything. He offered €60 million (£50m) plus two or three players and I said no.”
The massive transfer deal is said to be funded by Juventus’ sale of Paul Pogba. The Italian Champions are about to cash in on the 23-year-old, with Manchester United ready to pay a record-breaking €120 million for their former midfielder.
Higuain’s move to the Old Lady is a confirmation that Manchester United are set to land Paul Pogba. The £79 million transfer fee that Juventus have agreed to pay for Higuain will most definitely be coming from their sale of the Frenchman, as it is believed that Juventus cannot afford to pay such an astronomical transfer fee by themselves.