By Adebayo Williaams
Arsenal had tried to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain in a number of transfer windows. The North London club had gone after the hitman after losing faith in their French striker Olivier Giroud. After various rumours of the former Real Madrid man having medicals at the club, it emerged he was on his way to Turin.
Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis has now revealed the real reason behind the failure of the Gunners to land their man. In an interview with Standard Sport, Laurentiis said the club had indeed made a bid but had fallen short of the €94million release clause in the forward’s contract.
“I think we received some requests from Arsenal. Personally, I also received a request from Atletico Madrid,” he told Standard Sport.
Laurentiis also said they had offered the player a better contract to make him stay but he had opted for a move to Juventus.
“One year earlier I offered another five-year contract to Higuain and his brother,” he said. “I said ‘I will offer to you X’. It was more money than what he is getting right now from Juventus.”