Gonzalo Higuaín has signed with Italian powerhouse Juventus for a transfer fee of US $99 million (AUS $132 million). It will be the third most expensive move in history – only Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have cost more.
A statement on the Juventus website confirmed, “that it has purchased the registration rights of Gonzalo Higuain for €90 million, payable in two financial years”.
Not a bad first day eh, @G_Higuain😉
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 27, 2016
The 28-year-old Argentinian international was born in Brest, France and is joining the five-time reigning champions of Italy on a five-year contract.
Higuaín has received criticism for his lacklustre performances on the international stage but is coming off a red-hot domestic season for Napoli, which finished second to Juventus in Serie A.
In the 2015-16 season, Higuain won the Capocannoniere – Serie A’s golden boot. He scored an all-time league record 36 goals, which was the same tally of Juventus strikers Paulo Dybala (19), Mario Mandzukic (11) and Alvaro Morata (6) combined. Heactually should have scored a few more goals, as he missed four of seven penalty attempts.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has also recently added Dani Alves (Barcelona), Medhi Benatia (Bayern Munich), Miralem Pjanic (Roma) and Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb) to his playing squad.
Higuain’s lucrative deal could trigger a domino effect in the European market with the pre-season transfer window still more than a month away from closing. It might not even be the most expensive deal of the summer, because 23-year-old French star Paul Pogba is set to leave Juventus for Premier League club Manchester United. If the speculation turns out to be accurate, the move will set a new benchmark and likely break Bale’s all-time transfer fee.
As for Napoli, manager Maurizio Sarri will look to acquire Ajax’s Arkadiusz Milik. The striker starred for Poland at this year’s Euros and Dutch media are linking the 22-year-old to the Italian club for a fee around the $35 million mark.
Since his debut, Gonzalo Higuain has scored 24 more goals than any other Serie A player. pic.twitter.com/VWsGoE5fvb
— TheODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) July 27, 2016