Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis rules out Gonzalo Higuain sale

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that striker Gonzalo Higuain will not be securing a move away this summer, unless he is offered ‘fool’s money’.

Higuain has been with the Partenopei since agreeing a switch from Real Madrid in 2013, scoring 35 times in 63 appearances and helping the club to win the Coppa Italia in 2014.

However, the Argentinean was reported to have had a high-profile fall-out with Rafael Benitez, who has subsequently left to take charge at Real Madrid this summer.

It was understood that Higuain would look to secure an exit of his own if Benitez remained in charge, but now he has been left without that dilemma.

The Serie A outfit have still received interest for the striker since the end of last season and have reportedly turned down an offer from Arsenal, who can be backed at 5.50 to win the Premier League outright.

Manchester United and Chelsea have also been circling the former River Plate man, but De Laurentiis has ruled out a sale.

Chelsea appear to have turned their attention to Radamel Falcao after completing a loan deal for the Colombian on Monday, while United are expected to approach Christian Benteke or Harry Kane.

Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that the 27-year-old will be staying in Naples next term as they look kick-on in the Europa League.

The club president has warned that only silly money would be enough to tempt him into allowing the striker to move on with some reports suggesting Higuain is valued at €100million.

De Laurentiis said: “Contracts must be complied with, unless someone gives me fool’s money.”

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