Liverpool transfers: Gonzalo Higuain not for sale, says Napoli chief

Aurelio De Laurentiis rules out Gonzalo Higuain exit

Napoli have no intention of selling Liverpool target Gonzalo Higuain, according to Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly eager to bolster his attacking options following Daniel Sturridge’s injury blow and Mario Balotelli’s poor form.

Napoli striker Higuain has been touted as one of the Merseyside outfit’s top targets in a bid to improve their goal record this season.

However, Napoli owner De Laurentiis has emphatically rejected talk of the Serie A outfit allowing the Argentina international to leave in the January transfer window.

“I have no intention of selling Higuain,” De Laurentiis is quoted as saying by Football Italia.

“We are strengthening the team and will buy other reinforcements. We have to do this in a methodical manner, not by chance.

“If we can’t find the right ones in January, we’ll get them in June. I know we must reinforce the midfield and the defence.”

The Napoli forward has scored 10 goals and has made three assists in 19 Serie A appearances this season.

The 27-year-old has scored 27 goals in 51 top-flight appearances in Italy following his £35m move from Real Madrid in 2013.

Higuain won three La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey during his seven-year stay at The Bernabeu.

The former River Plate striker helped Napoli to win the Coppa Italia last season.

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