Saturday September 21 2013
Higuain 'turned down Milan'

There are reports Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain was twice close to Milan, but turned them down.

The Argentina international is due to face the Rossoneri at San Siro on Sunday evening, click here for a match preview.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, ‘Pipita’ had a few near-misses when it came to Milan during his career.

The first proposal was in November 2006, as Marca claimed director Ariedo Braida made an attempt to poach Higuain from River Plate before he could complete his transfer to Real Madrid.

When that move failed, the Italian side opted to spend €7.5m on Real’s ex-Inter man Ronaldo instead.

Another approach was made six months later, but in the summer of 2007 Real Madrid and Higuain reportedly turned down an offer worth €24m.

The Corriere dello Sport also reveals Higuain risked death when he contracted meningitis at the age of 10 months.

Despite a 50 per cent chance of death and a 45 per cent chance of permanent brain damage, little Gonzalo made a complete recovery. It’s claimed the ambulance was late, so his mother ran to the hospital with the baby in her arms.

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