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.
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.
“Their president called me offering €60 million plus two or three players, but I told him it could not be, very calmly.”
De Laurentiis has made it clear that he wasn’t going to negotiate for the Argentinian forward, and that he’ll only leave if his €94m buy-out clause is met. Any club who offered that amount would also need to agree terms with the player, who according to various rumours, has already done as much with Juventus. But the Napoli president said he doesn’t see how that could be true.
“Gonzalo would be betraying himself,” he added.
“You cannot sing a love song to Napoli’s fans in their stadium, and then put on the jersey of their worst rival. It would be absurd.”
However, De Laurentiis did accept that it was not impossible that Higuain might leave, saying:
“We will see if a replacement is needed. There is no problem, we also finished second without Higuain [before he signed].”