President confident £75m striker won’t betray club for Chelsea or Liverpool
Napoli are confident Gonzalo Higuain will remain loyal and reject interest from Chelsea and Liverpool
Gonzalo Higuain won’t betray Napoli and join Chelsea or Liverpool this summer, according to the Serie A club’s president.
The Argentina international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after Arsenal emerged as favourites to sign the prolific striker following the conclusion of the 2015/16 season.
However, the Gunners have turned their attentions to Jamie Vardy as Chelsea and Liverpool compete for the signature of the former Real Madrid striker, who has a contract release clause standing at £75m.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was photographed at one of Argentina’s Copa America games earlier this month, sparking speculation that a deal was imminent for the South American forward.
However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is adamant that Higuain will honour his values and remain loyal to the Naples side despite interest from two of England’s most-decorated clubs.
“He is young and his family has high moral values,” De Laurentiis told Corriere della Sera. “I have the feeling that he will not betray us.
“And I have not received any offer equalling the value of the buy-out clause, €94 million.
“Even in the case of a club offering that sum, he could still remain, because there is no other team that can offer him the passion and the importance that he is receiving here.
“Maradona entered the world’s football history thanks to Napoli, and Higuain should understand that there is no context in which he would be appreciated like he is here.”
Higuain scored 36 times in 35 Serie A games for Napoli last season.