Gonzalo Higuain set to stay as Napoli reject talks with Juventus – reports

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Napoli do not intend to open any negotiations with Juventus over the sale of Gonzalo Higuain this summer, according to multiple reports in Italy.

Juventus’ general manager Beppe Marotta and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had the opportunity to discuss the rumoured transfer at a meeting of the Lega Serie A in Milan on Monday, but La Gazzetta dello Sport and Mediaset television both reported that the Bianconeri have been told Higuain is not on the market.

The Argentina forward has a clause in his contract enabling him to leave if a bid of €94.7 million is received, and De Laurentiis has reportedly told Juve that if they are not willing to match that figure, they are wasting their time.

The reports say De Laurentiis and Marotta have met only briefly in Milan with the Napoli president refusing to budge over Higuain’s valuation.

Gonzalo Higuain appears likely to stay with Napoli this season, reports say.

The 28-year-old Higuain, who scored 36 goals in Serie A last season, is therefore expected to report for training with Napoli on July 25.

Juve are not expected to meet Napoli’s valuation of the forward while attempts to include players, such as Simone Zaza, Daniele Rugani and Roberto Pereyra, in any bid are unlikely to be entertained.

Neither Marotta nor De Laurentiis stopped to speak to reporters in Milan.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.

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