Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuaín has joined 32-time Serie A Champions Juventus for a £75.3m fee from Napoli. The striker completed a medical in Madrid on Friday before signing a four-year contract, believed to be worth £6.3m per season today.
The Argentine international spent three seasons at Napoli since joining them from Madrid in July 2013 for €40m.
He now switches allegiances from the San Paolo to join the side from Turin, becoming the seventh Napoli player to do so.
He joins fellow summer signings Miralem Pjanić, Dani Alves, Medhi Benatia and Marko Pjaca.
The French-born Higuaín netted 91 times in 146 appearances for Napoli and was prolific last season; scoring 36 league goals to equal Gino Rossetti’s record set for the highest number of goals scored in a single Serie A season in the 1928–29 season. He also netted four times in the Copa América Centenario before losing the Final on penalties to Chile.
The move has drawn criticism from many Napoli fans including compatriot and former Napoli striker Diego Maradona, although the Argentinean World Cup legend thinks the striker is not entirely to blame.
It translates as, “This Higuain affair is hurting me because he is going to a direct rival like Juventus. But we cannot blame the player either. A player has a responsibility to himself and it is those fat cats of business that are grinning the most in this case. Nobody thinks of the fan. I’m tired of saying that today it seems to be more important to be a good businessman than a good president. This did not happen in my time. Too bad that FIFA continues to sleep.”
Higuaín may well start alongside compatriot Paulo Dybala in what could be a devastating force in Serie A especially if they can keep hold of Paul Pogba who seems Manchester United-bound.
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