One of the summer’s longest-running transfer sagas looks to be close to an end, with Gonzalo Higuain undergoing medical tests with Juventus ahead of a big-money move.
Arsenal were thought to be leading the chase for the Argentina forward after Juve director Beppe Marotta appeared to rule out a move for Higuain on financial grounds – but it emerged on Saturday that the striker had undergone a medical with the Serie A champions in Madrid on Friday.
Bianconeri officials Marotta and Fabio Paratici were said to be at the meeting on Friday, as was Higuain’s brother and agent Nicolas as they agreed a four-year deal for the 28-year-old to sign at the Juventus Stadium, believed to be worth €7.5m per year plus image rights.
The deal would take his wage past that of Daniele De Rossi at Roma to make last season’s top scorer the highest paid player in Italy, as Juve prepare to trigger his €94.7m release clause over the weekend.
La Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Higuain has also signed a lease for a house in the Crocetta district of Turin, hinting that a move is now all-but certain to go through.
It’s said that Higuain cut short his post-Copa America holiday to go and view properties in the city with his brother; ending up landing on a property in Brosio Square. The report claims that the pair ‘met the owner’s request for a deposit of several thousand euros, as well as two season tickets for the Juventus Stadium.’
With every move seemingly interconnected this summer, the Italian champions preparing to trigger Higuain’s release clause is being seen as confirmation that they expect to come into a Paul Pogba-shaped windfall from Manchester United sooner rather than later, after manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that talks over Pogba’s future were ongoing.
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