In a stunning move the champions, Juventus have activated the €94.7 million release clause in Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain’s contract and the Serie A’s top goalscorer last season is heading to Turin. The transfer fee paid for the 28-year-old striker is a record for a Serie A club, second only to the €101m fee paid by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.
Higuain had already agreed contract terms with Juventus that will pay him a €7.5 million per year plus image rights over the next four years.
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Juventus’ chase for a record-breaking sixth consecutive Scudetto will kick off on the weekend of 21 August at Juventus Stadium against Paulo Sousa’s Fiorentina.
In what could be a testing start to the campaign, Juventus travel to Lazio and Inter on Matchdays 2 and 4 respectively, with a home encounter against Sassuolo in between.
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Inter’s 2016/17 Serie A fixtures have finally been released and the Nerazzurri open the season with a trip to the Stadio Bentegodi to face Chievo Verona.
The first home match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is against Palermo. Other stand-out fixtures include Juventus at home on 18 September and in Turin on 5 Feb 2017, Roma in Rome on 2 October and home on 26 Feb 2-17. The Derby della Madonnina will take place on 20 November and 15 April 2017. The Nerazzurri conclude the season at home against Udinese on May 28, 2017.
S.S.C. Napoli is an Italian club based in Naples. The club was founded in 1926 and is the fourth most supported team in the country. The club is nicknamed the Azzurri (The Blues).
The club’s home stadium is the Stadio San paolo, which seats over 60,000 spectators and is regularly filled by the club’s fans.
Napoli has won the Italian Serie A title on two occasions, most recently in 1990. The club has also won 4 Coppa Italias and a UEFA Cup.
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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he has turned down a massive bid of €60 million “plus two or three players” from Atletico Madrid for striker Gonzalo Higuain.
The 28-year-old Higuain has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus and Arsenal this summer and has a €94m release clause in his contract.
However, it appears that Atletico, who are looking for a new striker this summer, are the only club to have put in an official offer for the Serie A’s top goalscorer last season.
“The only offer for Pipita came from Atleti,” De Laurentiis said of the Argentina international in quotes reported by AS.
As speculation about the future of Inter captain Mauro Icardi continues to rumble on, his agent continues to ratchet up pressure on the Nerazzurri to give him a new contract by revealing that two Scudetto rivals are keen to sign him.
Mauro wants a new contract, more in line with his value in the transfer marker. So far Inter are saying no and Wanda is not pleased with the Nerazzurri inactivity.
Mrs. Icardi broke open story open last week when she took to social media to explain here unhappiness with the negotiations. Now she has spoken to FCInterNews as this is what she had to say:
After securing a record-breaking fifth successive Scudetto, Juventus aren’t simply resting on their laurels in their quest to be the very best.
After a horrendous start to last season with just five points after the opening six games, Massimiliano Allegri’s side went on an epic run dropping points on just four occasions between the beginning of October and the end of the season. That run included an astonishing 15-game winning run, the longest of its kind in Europe’s top five leagues last season.
Juventus are not resting on their laurels this summer as their transfer activity indicates that they are aiming a little higher than a sixth consecutive Scudetto next season.