Wednesday July 25 2018
Anywhere but Milan for Higuain

Juventus have a difficult decision to make regarding the future of Gonzalo Higuain but, as Adam Digby explains, the striker certainly cannot be allowed to join Milan this summer.

“Should Juventus sell Gonzalo Higuain?” It was a question asked countless times on social media following Juventus’ stunning acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo, the signing of the Real Madrid star prompting much more discussion on the topic than there would have been just hours earlier.

Of course, thanks to his reputation as a “fat lazy choker” among many so-called fans, there was already a large audience who believed the Argentinian was not good enough to wear the famous black and white stripes. That train of thought was fuelled by the striker’s woeful missed shots in the Copa America and World Cup finals, then given further credence by Higuain’s rather startling appearance at pre-season training.

Looking more than a few pounds overweight at the start of his first summer with the Bianconeri, he quickly set about rediscovering his waistline while simultaneously laying waste to the idea he was a lazy player who underperformed in big games. His full debut saw Higuain net a winning goal against old rivals Fiorentina, but that was merely the start of two-year long demonstration that he scored when it mattered most.

Roma, Lazio, AC Milan and Torino all felt it, as did former club Napoli who he has so far netted against five times in six games for Juve. Decisive Champions League goals in the last 16 this term against Tottenham followed a brace in last season’s semifinal versus AS Monaco, while the last-minute winner at San Siro against Inter will never be forgotten.

Yet to return to the original question – and despite all of his narrative destroying heroics over the last two years – it would seem his time in Turin is at an end. The financial outlay involved in bringing Ronaldo to Juve has been discussed ad nauseum, but the Old Lady simply cannot justify having Higuain remaining on the bench while he is the club’s second highest paid player.

Sadly then yes, it is time to let him go. But that has seemingly led to another far more simple question, with Milan emerging as a potential destination for the 30-year-old striker. To allow Higuain to join the Rossoneri would surely be a terrible mistake, the lack of a regular goal scorer arguably the biggest weakness in Gennaro Gattuso’s current side.

To facilitate the filling of that void with a player of his calibre would be a grave mistake, with his record against Napoli over the last two years standing as “Exhibit A” in the case against such a move. Higuain not only ruined his former club’s title hopes in Serie A and eliminated them from the Coppa Italia, he relished doing so, not outwardly celebrating in front of supporters who previously worshiped him, but certainly enjoying the chance to prove Aurelio De Laurentiis wrong.

While Juve’s own management team are unlikely to lambast Higuain in the manner that the Napoli owner did, he would still surely seize the opportunity to show them that letting him go was a error in judgement. Matches against Milan – particularly at San Siro – are tough enough, why aid their cause by letting a man who holds the all-time Serie A record for goals in a single season (36) make the short journey along Italy’s A4?

In light of recent events, selling Gonzalo Higuain might well be unavoidable, but selling him to Milan would be unforgivable.

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Have your say...
Look, Leo Bonucci and Juve may have had an agreement that he could come back. Not a clause, but a verbal agreement of some kind. I was interested in Caldara at the ICC but I think he made a mistake against Benfica. Mistakes piu nevermind them in the friendlies, but I like how UEFA Nations League may give a more competitive edge to games that are essentially friendlies, although it might not be fair on the lower ranked nations.. It's a league so I guess there's no knockout stages or anything..
on the 4th August, 2018 at 11:49pm
Is someone using my name on here in an insulting way? That should be banned.

Anyways, no to Higuain. dont' need another juventino traitor at Milan.
on the 28th July, 2018 at 9:25pm
Bonucci is supposed to be crawling back because he learned a lesson in humility. Even with that theory, in practice he left to be the captain and leader of Milan, failing to do so while celebrating in front of Juve fans for his goal.

He burned that bridge himself, and how anyone thinks he should come back is being unreasonable. I won't go to one extreme and say he should fail wherever he goes, but I'm not welcoming him back after he walked out for his own arrogance, much less for Caldara.
on the 28th July, 2018 at 11:52am
i think the best choice for milan is starting to build there defensive line and they should bring darmain and little by little they will be building a strong team
on the 28th July, 2018 at 11:47am
I’m thinking of a petition not to resign him tbh.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 10:38pm
I dont understand why we are not taking up Morata when trading with Higuain. Morata as a foil will give aerial threat along with counter attacking weapon and big game goals to juve. He thrives as a foil to strikers like Ronaldo and Mandzukic. I also dont understand why we are discussing releasing Caldara or Rugani for Bonucci. He should only come in as Benatia replacement. Period. And if he is cheap. If above 25M euros, he can stay at Milan. Besides, he has a frosty rlship with Allegri.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 9:12pm
@Giancarlo C mum. I agree there is nothing like kindly give but Milan did not charge for the loan so that was a kind gesture. Of course Abbiatti did not mind because he was going to be a 1st choice keeper.
I agree juve should not sell Higuain on the cheap. I was hoping he has a good world cup so that we sell him for even 80M Euros but it was not to be. But it wont be a disaster if we dont sell him. A strike force of Ronaldo, Higuain, Mandzukic and Dybala is not bad.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 9:05pm
Bonucci is a liability. Another player who let the media get to his head and now thinks he's a hollywood star instead of a defender. Chiellini is a real defender, Bonucci is not. His performances at Milan exposed that he can't defend and the big clubs are no longer interested in paying the high fees for him.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 3:14pm
@ Juve Kenya

Bruh, there is no term "mistake" or "kindly give" in this sport. It's about how to satisfy everyone who got involved to get what you need.

Atm, Milan want Higuain. If they can pay 60M and 7,5M/year salary, then Higuain will be their player. However, Higuain might want 8 or 9M since Milan don't play in CL.

About Abbiati, you can say Milan "kindly gave" him to Juve. But in fact, it was Abbiati who wanted it to happen. Dida took his place so he wanted to prove Milan is WRONG.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 3:08pm

So basically keep rugani, caldera, add bonucci and get pogba and sell none of the ones named in the article.. lol
on the 27th July, 2018 at 2:57pm
No mistake for juve to sell to Milan. In the small picture it looks like strengthening a rival but the bigger picture means serie A has more stars and league becomes more competitive and marketable and all clubs get more money for TV rights. If Ronaldo has benefitted all of serie A then Higuain will help too. Not as much as Ronaldo but by his little bit. And I recall Milan once kindly giving us Abbiatti on loan when Buffon got injured in a game Vs Milan.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 11:13am
Id like to see Rugani stay, bring back bonucci, let him and Caldara learn from the BBC, keep Italian talent. Pogba would be welcome back with open arms, they have to say that junk about my heart is here and there with whatever team they play for, wouldn't worry me. Pogba, Bonucci, keep caldara and the rest and now you have a decent squad. Higuain scored goals to help win the league and cup for two years, people are harsh, but yes he is slow, best teams break with pace.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 11:05am
Maldini's-boring-Heir, do you want to see Milan go places or watch primavera players get some minutes? Yes they should get their chances but a CL spot comes first, they don't guarantee that. We need goals, plenty of them and if I'm not mistaken Higuain outscored all of our front line combined at some point. Cutrone will not get you 25 goals a season, neither will Moratta if he's an option, if Juve will take Bonucci + 40M for Higuain then it's a no brainer in my opinion.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 3:52am
he pushed out Musacchio, a player I've long admired and who had been solid at Villarreal. If Bonucci leaves we already have Musacchio so we may as well cash in. Can't see Juve wanting him back.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 1:31am
I'm genuinely not that bothered about whether Bonucci stays or leaves. I've never been his biggest fan but when he signed I did think we'd got someone with a winning mentality. Instead we were treated to the opposite; Hollywood passes, random roves forward and terrible defending. Is that what won him 6 titles with Juve? Sort of proves my point that my cat could win the title with Juve. His transfer completely disrupted the formation and then when we inexplicably couldn't play with 3 at the back
on the 27th July, 2018 at 1:29am
@ Microslav Love the way a few 500 character posts are considered TLDR.
on the 27th July, 2018 at 1:22am
Juventus have just signed Ronaldo and this guy's crying over Higuain...
on the 26th July, 2018 at 11:38pm
@carpe diem

As a big milan fan i was often annoyed by your comments but here you keep to the topic and you are objective. I am afraid you are right and keep on like this.

@ maldinis heir

Too often your comments are way too long and you repeat yourself 1000 times but as much as i loved gattuso as a player i am 100% with you that we need a coach like conte if we want to start a winning circle.
on the 26th July, 2018 at 2:51pm
Pogba yes bonucci Nooooooooooo
on the 26th July, 2018 at 1:49pm
Regarding the Caldara's transfer news, it must be remembered that the player was one of the best performers in Serie A last season, and that Juventus has paid a total of 28 mil for him.

So 28 mil 2 years ago is quite a bit more now (his valuation).
on the 26th July, 2018 at 10:22am
Saw Perin, Cancelo and Alex Sandro shining against Bayern Munich, with FAVILLI star performer.

Marchisio showed his great skills to potential MLS buyers.

Emre Can clearly is not match fit as yet and should work hard in training.

Chiellini brutal and chillingly very efficient.
on the 26th July, 2018 at 9:13am
@ Pathetic Dario

Yep! It would be funny to see reaction from jealous fans when Piguain (a pig who scored a world class winning poop into the net of pathetic team in extra time) stays at Juve for another season. Juventus is rich and Yes they can keep Higuain. It must be painful for you to watch Juve upss I mean JuBE LOL, can keep world class Players like CR7, Higuain, Dybala, Costa, Mandzukic... Meanwhile, inter can't afford 25M for a mediocre player like Vrasljko. Poor Losers. Lol.
on the 26th July, 2018 at 2:50am
Barcelona could unlock the door to a Pjanic signing by including Gomes and Digne in the package deal.

Meanwhile FAVILLI gives Allegri food for thought with a brace in Juventus 2-0 win against Bayern Munich.
on the 26th July, 2018 at 2:31am
At the end, Higuain will decide his next move.

He has a good contract at Juventus, and he can stay, if that is what he wants.

London could be a great choice of life for his fanily, and he will weigh his options.

The Caldara situation is different, as he'd get a first team opportunity.
Juventus would clearly insert a "buy back" clause.
This would meet Juve's and Milan's current needs.

Juve gets a defensive "regista" and postpones paying his fee until the payment of the buy back clause.
on the 26th July, 2018 at 2:01am
@ Robbiejuve People would've said the same of Juve in 2010 when they just finished 7th but then they got Pirlo on a free and more importantly appointed Conte and suddenly went from 7th to 1st. Much like Chelsea went from 10th to 1st with Conte and Man Utd went from 1st to 7th after Ferguson left. It's almost as if a player's abilities is linked to a manager's. But that's not how computer games work.,
on the 26th July, 2018 at 12:21am
Higuain did well enough and his heroics vs Napoli will be remembered forever. It's the best time to sell though, he's not getting any younger.

And I agree with Italian in Canada.

Pogba and Bonucci both disrespected Juventus and the fans (not by leaving, but by their comments and celebrations). However, Karma was swift.

They can rot where they are, specially Bonucci, as Pogba is a good player at least.

The joke though is Juve selling Caldara to Milan. Keep on dreaming.
on the 25th July, 2018 at 7:34pm
Slack defending from Bonucci is what caused RM to thump Juve 4-1 in the CL. They need a defender not a clown. I don't see why Juve would want him back unless at some bargain price. Juve are at a crossroads with Higuain though in that he should now know the movements of the team very well after 2 years and so as a striker his goal ratio should go up next season. I would still sell if a very good price came in for him though as his salary is too high.
on the 25th July, 2018 at 6:56pm
It would be funny to see nobody is willing to pay the amount juBentus has in mind for Piguain. Not to mention his salary. You can keep him.
on the 25th July, 2018 at 6:18pm
This was all a smoke screen so Marotta can sell him to Chelsea faster. They have a meeting with Juve today or Tomorrow, and chances are they'll include him in a package sale with Rugani. The thought of Caldara being part of a deal with Higuain to bring back Bonucci is not happening.
on the 25th July, 2018 at 6:04pm
@Jose LMAO

This guy is funny, probably very young to. Kid, Juve have more scudetto than both Milan and Inter combine.
on the 25th July, 2018 at 5:47pm

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