According to a report from Spanish outlet Marca, Atletico Madrid could be set to make a mammoth bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Gonzalo Higuain garnered international headlines last season, breaking a Serie A record for most goals in a season. The Argentine found the back of the net a whopping 36 times for Napoli last year, but it still wasn’t good enough for the Partenopei to end Juventus’ run of dominance.
In recent weeks his brother and agent Nicolas Higuain came out and criticized Napoli. He suggested that the team should have bolstered their squad in January, and that they have failed to keep the promises they made to his brother when he signed for the team in 2013. He also said the striker does not intend to renew his contract, which expires in two seasons.
“Gonzalo will not renew but he will respect the contract because he is a professional,” the agent said, via The Guardian. “There are at least four or five teams that can afford Higuaín both in Spain and England and there is also PSG and Bayern Munich.”
As a result, Napoli could look to cash in on their superstar. However, he has a massive buyout clause worth €94 million and the club have consistently said they will not let the 28-year-old go for anything less.
Spanish outlet Marca is reporting, though, that Ateltico Madrid may be looking to take advantage of the deteriorating relationship between Higuain and his current club. It has been suggested that the UEFA Champions League finalists, are preparing to offer €60 million to bring the Argentine to the Vicente Calderon.
It remains to be seen whether Napoli will even listen to offers for Higuain, considering they will be back playing in the Champions League next season. The club finished second in the Italian flight last year, and will not want to a key player.
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