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Gonzalo Higuain won't renew contract at Napoli, agent confirms

PALERMO, ITALY - MARCH 13:  Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli celebrates after scoring a penalty (0-1) during the Serie A match between US Citta di Palermo and SSC
Image: Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli celebrates one of his 36 goals last season

Gonzalo Higuain's agent has revealed the Argentine striker won't be renewing his Napoli contract.

Higuain is under contract at Napoli until 2018 but Nicolas Higuain, his brother and agent, revealed that the 28-year-old will not extend his stay in Naples and could leave on a free transfer in two years' time if he doesn't depart before then.

Higuain, who scored 36 times in Serie A last season, has a current buyout clause in his contract that is reportedly £72m. 

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone wants a world-class forward to spearhead his side's attack next term and Marca reports that he has set his sights on the former Real Madrid striker, while Arsenal and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the Argentine. 

Speaking to Radio Continental, Nicolas Higuain said: "We arrived with a Champions League project, of being champions, of growing, and the response of the company was not the most correct.

Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli celebrates after scoring his team's second goal goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Genoa
Image: Higuain has a buyout clause reported to be worth £72m

"It's their right to ask for his buyout clause, but we will opt for the path of not renewing the contract and he will be free in 2018.

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"In these conditions we are going to respect the contract that we have with Napoli but we are not going to renew it under any circumstances. Gonzalo is super professional and will continue to give the maximum."

Where next for Higuain?
Where next for Higuain?

Find out who Sky Bet make favourites to sign the striker here.

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