Napoli declined the offers from Arsenal and Atletico Madrid for Gonzalo Higuain, according to the club’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The London dwellers, Arsenal, were loudly linked with a transfer for the Argentina international during the last transfer window, but the Gunners boss man, Arsene Wenger was reportedly unwilling to meet the €94million placed on the veteran striker.
“I think we received some requests from Arsenal. Personally, I also received a request from Atletico Madrid,” he told Standard Sport. “But they didn’t put enough money on the table. We were not ready to sell him, and for me, Higuain was not for sale.”
Higuain actually moved to Juventus in a €90m deal, but De Laurentiis says Napoli actually offered him a fatter contract than the Serie A champions in order to persuade him to stay.
“One year earlier, I offered another five-year contract to Higuain and his brother,” he said. “He gets more money here than where he was”
Napoli signed Arkadiusz Milik from Ajax to replace Higuain and the Poland international, Milik has made a strong start to his career in Italy, scoring seven goals in nine appearances.
“Milik is a good player, he’s fantastic,” De Laurentiis said. “Everybody now is saying Higuain is from another planet, but I remember when Higuain came to Napoli they were not so convinced. Real Madrid were doing well, but he was not playing all the time. Also with Argentina he had made some mistakes, it can happen to everybody.”
De Laurentiis reportedly said in July that Atletico had made an offer of “€60m, in addition with two or three players,” which was instantly rejected, but he has now claimed that Arsenal also attempted to sign him but he didn’t accept their offer.