Premier League giants Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have been put on red-alert as it has emerged that Gonzalo Higuain will not sign a new contract with current club Napoli.
Each of the three clubs, along with the likes of Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint Germain, have been linked with a big money move for the Argentinian striker over the last few months, though the Serie A side have stood firm with keeping Higuain in Naples.
However, the player’s agent and brother Nicolas Higuain has told radio show Closs Continental that Napoli have broken promises to the player and he will not consider signing a new contract as a result – meaning a transfer could be on the cards.
Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, however, is refusing to sell for any less than his reported £72m release clause.
Nicolas Higuain said: “This is the situation. The president is asking for the clause to be paid to let go of Gonzalo, and we have the right to refuse to renew.
“We arrived at Napoli with the promise of a successful project, playing in the Champions League and winning the Scudetto, with improved facilities and a desire to grow. It wasn’t right of the club to ignore those commitments.
“Aurelio De Laurentiis has every right to demand the clause in his contract be paid, but my brother and I have decided not to accept a renewal. We’ll see what happens next year with Napoli, given that his contract expires in 2018 when he turns 30.
“For now we’ll continue to abide by the contract, after that I don’t know what will happen, whether a club will be able to buy him or not. We have a contract with Napoli and, as a great professional, Gonzalo will continue to respect it. He’ll train correctly and give his all.
“But it absolutely won’t be renewed if things stay this way.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pictured watching Higuain at a recent Copa America fixture, while Arsenal and Chelsea are each in the market for a new striker. The Blues, however, are reported to be close to signing Belgian hitman Michy Batshuayi.
Nicolas Higuain continued: “The president has the right to ask for his release clause, and we have the right not to agree with the project and not renew the contract, that’s only right.
“Maybe the club is looking to bring in young prospects, but we believe they should make the effort to bring in players who can compete with Juventus, who have won the Scudetto for five years in a row.
“It seems to me that the direction the club is taking, while respectable, is not the right one to battle with Juve. You can’t do that and you can’t make the Champions League with youngsters.
“If an offer comes in? It all depends on De Laurentiis, he’d have to accept it. We’re convinced not to renew the contract, then we’ll see if the president accepts an offer lower than the clause.
“Gonzalo, in sporting terms, has very different ideas to the club at the moment. They still want to buy young players with potential, but we want to win!”
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