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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Juve to sign Higuain in record €94m deal

Gonzalo Higuain. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP Photo
Gonzalo Higuain. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP Photo

Juventus are on the verge of signing Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli, Sky Italy reported on Tuesday.

Higuain, who last season scored a record 36 Serie A goals, is reported to have undergone a medical with the club who have won the title for the past five seasons.

He still has two years to run on his contract but Italian media said Juventus were prepared to pay a buyout clause of €94million.

If Juventus splash out the full amount it will equal the sum Real Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, the world's second highest transfer fee.

On Saturday, Napoli supporters gathered in the city centre to tear up pictures of the Argentine and set fire to replicas of his number nine shirt.

Pochettino: 'I'm staying at the Lane'

Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy at Tottenham following speculation linking him with the vacant Argentina job.

The 44-year-old, a former Argentina international, was reportedly on the shortlist to succeed Gerardo Martino, who resigned as head coach of the national side after last month's Copa America final defeat to Chile.

But Pochettino, having led Spurs to a third-place finish in the Premier League last term, wants to stay at White Hart Lane.

"I think the speculation is normal because I am an Argentinian coach at a top club in England," Pochettino, currently in Australia on Tottenham's pre-season tour, was quoted as saying in several national newspapers.

"There are a lot of rumours that appear in the media but I am happy at Tottenham and for that reason, this is not the right moment."

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