Atletico Madrid are preparing a bid for Gonzalo Higuain but are not prepared to match his €94 million release clause, according to  Marca. 

The Spanish side are reportedly prepared to pay €60 million possibly rising to €65 million to secure the services of the striker. 

In addition to the fee, Atletico are willing to offer players in exchange with Óliver Torres or Luciano Vietto the most likely to be used. 

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Luckily for Atletico’s pursuit of the player it was announced earlier this week that the Argentinian is not willing to sign a new contract and favours a move.

His agent and brother Nicolas Higuain has publicly voiced their desire to move on. 

“The President [Aurelio De Laurentiis] has the right to claim the money [€94m] from the clause, and we have the right not to renew.

“In 2013 we decided to leave Real Madrid because we wanted a change of scenery. We arrived at Napoli with great enthusiasm, there was an ambitious project with Rafa Benitez at the helm,” Higuain’s agent told  Football Italia. 

“Gonzalo will not renew, we’re confident of that given the situation of the project. We have a contract, and we’ll respect it, but we won’t change our opinion.

“I haven’t spoken with any club, we’re not considering the idea of a sale, there haven’t been any concrete offers. There are signatures on contracts, so the club has the right to ask for the clause, just as we have the right to not renew,” he added.

As for who Higuain wants to move to, his agent is unsure but does fancy playing for Diego Simeone at Atletico.

“Who could he play for? Currently four or five teams. The great teams in Spain and England, one club in France [Paris Saint-Germain] and one in Germany [Bayern Munich]. Only they can afford him.

“Would he like to play for Simeone? Cholo is an elite Coach, in the last three seasons he’s been to two Champions League finals with a squad inferior to the greats and the only team they’ve failed to beat is Real Madrid, in specific circumstances.”