Napoli hits back over Higuain to Juventus links

Goal understands the Argentina international has agreed a move to Massimiliano Allegri’s side, but the Naples club has attempted to play down an imminent switch.

Napoli has hit back at the speculation regarding Gonzalo Higuain’s future and links with Serie A rival Juventus.

The Argentina international scores 36 goals in Serie A last season – 17 more than any other player as Maurizio Sarri’s men finished second in the table.

Goal revealed on Thursday that Higuain had reached an agreement over a four-year contract with Juve, with the Italian champion now attempting to finalize a deal with Napoli.

Higuain’s agent and brother Nicolas said last month that his client would not be renewing his contract with Napoli, which still has two years to run.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis has now hit back and expressed his anger at the situation to Sky Italia: “It is just nonsense.”

De Laurentiis’ son Edo, who is vice-president, added to TuttoNapoli: “It is just a hoax and you must not believe everything.

“We are building a great squad for the Champions League. We have received no offer for Higuain, neither from Juve nor any other club.” 

Reports in Italy on Friday suggest Napoli is preparing a final contract offer in a bid to prevent Higuain from leaving ahead of the new season.

The original version of this story which was published by goal.com Serie A can be viewed here.

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