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Chelsea and Liverpool target Gonzalo Higuain won't be signing a new Napoli contract

Gonzalo Higuain has turned down a new Napoli contract amid interest from Chelsea and Liverpool, according to the Argentina striker’s agent.

The South American striker is one of the most-coveted transfer targets in Europe after a return of 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances.

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Chelsea and Liverpool are thought to be heading the Premier League’s interest, while Arsenal and Manchester United have also been previously linked.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has previously reaffirmed his belief that the former Real Madrid striker will remain at the Serie A club.

Higuain’s brother and agent, Nicolas Higuain, has revealed that the Argentina forward has rejected the chance to sign a new contract with Napoli.

“This is the situation,” Nicolas told Argentine radio station Closs Continental.

“The President is asking for the clause to be paid to let go of Gonzalo, and we have the right to refuse to renew.

“We arrived at Napoli with the promise of a successful project, playing in the Champions League and winning the Scudetto, with improved facilities and a desire to grow.

“It wasn’t right of the club to ignore those commitments.

“Aurelio De Laurentiis has every right to demand the clause in his contract be paid, but my brother and I have decided not to accept a renewal.

“We’ll see what happens next year with Napoli, given that his contract expires in 2018 when he turns 30.

“For now we’ll continue to abide by the contract, after that I don’t know what will happen, whether a club will be able to buy him or not.

“We have a contract with Napoli and, as a great professional, Gonzalo will continue to respect it. He’ll train correctly and give his all.

“But it absolutely won’t be renewed if things stay this way.”

Liverpool completed the £34m signing of Southampton striker Sadio Mane on Tuesday afternoon.

Higuain, 28, netted 71 times in 104 Serie A appearances in three seasons in the Italian top flight at Napoli.

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Chelsea finished in ninth place in the Premier League table last season.

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