Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has admitted that he would be keen for an interested club to meet the buyout clause for Gonzalo Higuain.
According to the Daily Express, the former Real Madrid man is unsettled in Serie A, after his side failed to qualify for the Champions League, despite his goalscoring exploits. He managed to score 18 goals in 37 top flight games to finish fourth in the division’s goalscoring charts.
That record has attracted the interest of both Manchester United and Arsenal, according to the Express. However, they will both have to say goodbye to a large chunk of their summer transfer kitty if they hope to sign him, with the Express reporting that £64.7m is required to trigger his release clause.
And de Laurentiis suggested that he would actually be happy should a club make an offer, as it would allow them to strengthen their squad ahead of the new campaign.
“Sell Higuain for €90 million? I’d like to sell him,” he said.
“That way I can buy eight players for the club,” he added.
Both the interested Premier League sides are currently lacking the kind of depth up front to seriously be considered as title favourites. Higuain is a proven goalscorer, and has done it in both Italy and Spain, so could well be able to adapt to the English game.
However, it is a big risk to spend that much money on any player. As Angel Di Maria has proved during his first year in England, the pressure of a large transfer fee can prevent a new signing from making the impact they are clearly capable of making.