Gonzalo Higuain’s entourage reportedly told Napoli he won’t sign a contract renewal, alerting PSG, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Pipita scored a remarkable 24 goals in the first 24 Serie A rounds, but hasn’t found the net since February 7 and the club crashed out of the Europa League to Villarreal on Thursday.
President Aurelio De Laurentiis criticised his striker by pointing out “he weighs a kilo and a half more, which is like walking around with a brick in your pocket.
“He has to rediscover the brilliant physical condition he was in a month ago, then the results will come back.”
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, that comment came during a tense moment in Napoli’s rapport with Higuain.
It’s claimed his entourage told the club that they won’t renew the current contract, which expires in June 2018, unless the €94.5m release clause is lowered.
De Laurentiis would therefore be preparing an exit strategy for Higuain, the way he laid the groundwork for Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Walter Mazzarri by subtly criticising them in the months leading up to their departures.
There are certainly clubs lining up to take Higuain in the summer, above all Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
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