Arsenal and Man United have been told to give up their pursuit of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain as he isn’t for sale this summer.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was quoted as saying that he ‘wished’ he could sell the Argentinian international for his release clause of €94m earlier this week, but later insisted that he was merely joking as Higuain’s agent and brother questioned his motives.
The club patron has now moved to make it clear that he has no intention of selling his star striker, and believes that he will play a pivotal role in helping the Partenopei get back into the Champions League.
“There is absolutely no chance that Higuain will leave. Gonzalo is a Napoli player,” De Laurentiis noted, as reported by Football Italia.
“I don’t see clubs queuing up with offers for our players. If these offers reach their representatives, that’s another matter, but as a club we haven’t received any.”
Both Arsenal and United are likely to be in the market for a new striker this summer, particularly the Red Devils after selling Robin Van Persie to Fenerbahce has left boss Louis Van Gaal short of options in that department.
It isn’t the first time that Higuain has been linked with a move to the Premier League, but based on De Laurentiis’ comments, it doesn’t appear as though it will be coming to fruition this summer.