Officially signs with Juventus

Juventus have officially signed Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Serie A rivals Napoli after triggering the €90 million release clause in his contract.

Juventus remain in negotiations about a potential deal for the 28-year-old Argentina global, whose buyout clause is nearly £79m.

Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain has completed his move to Juventus from Napoli for a fee understood to be worth £75.3m.

Real Madrid's purchases of Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m) in 2009 and Gareth Bale (£85m) in 2013 are the only deals that have cost more than Higuain's transfer to Juventus.

Higuain's move to Turin makes Juventus' grip on Serie A that much tighter, as he becomes the second star player to join the Bianconeri from a direct rival, after Miralem Pjanic's move from AS Roma earlier this year.

"Fans go to the stadium to have fun and see a player who is always on the same team - they expect not to be betrayed".

But for the club's film-producing owner De Laurentiis, it was business as usual. According to reports from Football Italia, the Serie A Champions are certain of losing Paul Pogba this summer and have made a decision to use the cash that will be generated to sign the Argentine striker.

Higuain will be expected to partner fellow Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, who in his maiden season with Juventus, was their top scorer with 19 league goals.

The news comes out of nowhere, with Juventus seemingly having abandoned their pursuit of Higuain a week ago after being rebuffed repeatedly by Napoli.

Higuain's compatriot Diego Maradona, who helped Napoli win their only two Serie A titles when he played for the club from 1984 to 1991, said the speculation was "hurting" him.

Marotta suggested talks with United had stalled when he responded to questions on the France global by saying the talks had "stopped, but we'll see".

"The only offer for Pipita came from Atleti", De Laurentiis said of the Argentina global in quotes reported by AS.

  • Rosalie Stanley