Napoli’s president has ruled out a move for striker Gonzalo Higuain unless a club is willing to pay his €100m release clause.
The 27-year-old scored 31 goals in 37 Serie A appearances last season and with Manchester United on the lookout for a new striker following the departure of Radamel Falcao, he has been somewhat predictably linked with a move to Old Trafford.
United are one of the only English clubs with the necessary amount of money to be able to afford the striker but it is likely the Argentinian will spend at least another season in Italy.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis admitted it would be madness if an offer came in matching his release clause.
He said: “Higuain’s future? If a player has a contract this contract has to be respected. If a madman arrives and offers to pay his buy-out clause then one must consider it.
“Otherwise Pipita (Higuain) will remain here.”
Madness is the perfect way to describe Higuain’s release clause and any potential sale at that value.
A price tag of €100m would make Higuain one of the world’s most expensive ever players and although he has gone on to score plenty of goals with Napoli, it’s not a price tag United, or any other club for that matter, would be willing to pay.
It’s a release clause designed to discourage interest more than anything else and even though United could easily afford Higuain, it would be a real surprise to see Van Gaal spend so much on him.