Juventus have edged to the brink of securing a deal to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports in Italy.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Turin for weeks, with the Partenopei not budging from their stance of an interested party having to meet the €94.7m release clause in the Argentine international’s contract.
According to Sky Sport Italia expert Gianluca Di Marzio, they are seemingly set to satisfy the demands of their rivals, after agreeing terms with Higuain who has also undergone a ‘secret’ medical in Madrid.
Further, it is added in the report that the former Real Madrid striker has agreed to a four-year deal worth €7.5m net per season, and now all that is left is for Juve to pay the release clause fee to Napoli.
According to Di Marzio, the Turin giants will contact Napoli possibly as soon as tomorrow to notify them that they are willing to pay the desired fee, with Higuain now expected to wrap up a move to Juve in the coming days.
It is a stunning development in the transfer saga, one that will seemingly now see the Bianconeri further strengthen their squad with a view of winning a sixth consecutive Serie A title.
However, the Champions League will firmly be in their sights this coming season too, with Miralem Pjanic also arriving from Roma along with Dani Alves and Medhi Benatia as Massimiliano Allegri undoubtedly boasts one of the strongest squads in Europe.
In turn, a knock-on effect of the Higuain transfer should mean that Paul Pogba will complete his well documented move to Manchester United, as noted by the Manchester Evening News.
For Juve to complete the Higuain deal with the transfer fee required, they will certainly have to raise funds, and that will likely come through Pogba moving back to England as the summer transfer market looks as though it is finally set to see major movement.