Juventus set to beat Arsenal to Higuain deal

Juventus is set to trump the likes of Arsenal in the race to sign Napoli’s striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Higuain had been the top scorer in the Serie A in the 2015/16 season; his 35 goals in 36 matches had paved the way for Napoli to become serious contenders in the Italian top flight league against eventual champions Juventus.

Multiple reports had now surfaced that a move for Higuain to Turin is in now complete, which could leave Arsenal ruing another chance to bring in a pure striker after the Gunners had failed to bring in Jamie Vardy.

Juventus is lined up to sign the player despite a £78 million release clause. This leads to speculation that that the Bianconeri could recoup their outlay on the Argentina international by sanctioning the sale of Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a world-record £100m fee.

Sky and Sportmediaset both reported that Higuain has now agreed a four-year contract with the Old Lady, which would see him earn €7.5m per season, but there have been no talks between the clubs so far.

Juventus could offer players as an added bonus for potential deals. However, if Napoli refuses the deal, Juve is set to trigger the release clause.

Without Higuarin, Napoli would face a lacking forward line, but there are already rumours that they are looking to fill in the space with Emanuele Giaccherini.

Giaccherini, 31, is currently with Sunderland, having spent last season on loan with Bologna. His agent Furio Valcareggi had revealed his client’s imminent move away: “We’re almost there. It’s all done.”

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