Napoli describe Juventus pursuit for Higuan as “lost battle”

Gonzalo Higuain-Napoli-Italian Serie A Stats 2015-16
  • Juventus cannot meet €94m asking price for Higuan

Napoli described Juventus pursuit for Gonzalo Higuan as “lost battle” after the Old Lady confirmed they cannot meet the €94m asking price for striker.

“For now the Higuain matter is closed. I can confirm that we will not pay the clause,” said Juventus president Guiseppe ‘Beppe’ Marotta.

Higuan is targeted by both Juventus and Arsenal but Napoli are interesting in a club that can meet the clause.

“Marotta told me that Juventus won’t activate the €94million clause for Higuain, ” said Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis.

“Juventus are very intelligent and they understand that they cannot do this. They know perfectly well that it is a lost battle, ” he added.

Higuan netted 36 goals for Napoli to take the Golden boot last season.

  • Juventus are reportedly interested in Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic.

The Serie A Chmapions want to get the services of the 27-year-old who’s future is in doubt since the arrival of both £34m N’Golo Kante from Leicester City and the end of Juan Cuadrado’s season long loan return from Juventus who Antonio Conte has confirmed are part of his plans.

Juventus needs a possible replacement for Juan Cuadrado who had end his season loan with them and the strong speculation of Paul Pogba move to Man United. A £23m is understood can lure the Blues to release Matic for them.

  • Real Madrid are set to close in on Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes with €41.9m plus add ons to meet Valencia price.

Valencia are not willing to allow the Portugal international to leave prising him for €65m but Real Madrid look confident to grab him having pull from Paul Pogba’s race.

The 22-year-old brilliant display earned him a call to the Portuagal national team and he was key in Portugal’s just ended Euro 2016 glory in France.

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