Napoli have released a statement insisting that Gonzalo Higuain will only leave if his €94m release clause is paid with Arsenal and Milan linked with a move.
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After failing to qualify for the Champions League, Napoli are under pressure ahead of next season to not only keep their prized assets but also to compete in the transfer market and sign new players.
Rafa Benitez has departed to take over at Real Madrid, and so it remains to be seen whether or not there is an overhaul of the squad ahead of the new campaign.
Higuain has been linked with Milan more recently after Adriano Galliani was reportedly in discussions with his brother who is also his representative, but Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all had a long-time interest in the Argentine international.
However, they have all now been warned that they will have to part company with a serious transfer fee if they want to sign the striker and take him away from the San Paolo.
“Napoli are keen to clarify certain articles, published in some newspapers, about the departure of Higuain,” the statement to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli noted, as reported by Football Italia.
“The official clarification from Napoli is the following: there is a clause in Gonzalo Higuain’s contract. The clause is €94,736,000.”
It is highly unlikely that any team will be able to match the expectations of the Italian giants, but their strategy could backfire as it risks upsetting the player himself who could well be open to leaving this summer if the right club comes forward.