Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against Udinese
Juventus are pushing to complete a shock swoop for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.
France's Paul Pogba and teammates celebrate after their semi-final win
Reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports Juventus have made contact with Napoli over a blockbuster move for their star striker.
The 28-year-old netted 36 goals in 35 Serie A starts last season, and would only enhance Juventus' dominance of the division.
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It is claimed Higuain has a serious offer on the table from Juventus, and is willing to move, if the two clubs can reach an agreement.
He has offers from foreign clubs but Juventus' approach is the strongest.
Higuain has a release clause of 94 million Euros, but this can be paid over two years, with 47 million due immediately and another 47 million 12 months later.
Juventus are also planning to offer players in a part-exchange deal to lower the fee as their first choice, but their fall back option is to simply pay the clause.
- Juventus' Paul Pogba
Juventus have not been big spenders in recent windows despite their continued title success, and this would indicate they could need to sell to cover their costs.
They have sold Alvaro Morata back to Real Madrid, but this covers only one quarter of the total Higuain fee.
Manchester United's desire to bring back Paul Pogba is well known, and the Telegraph report how at the ESPYs Awards when quizzed, the Frenchman refused to rule out a return to Old Trafford.
Juventus could sell other players to try and make up the Higuain fee, but Pogba is the easiest solution as it would cover their entire outlay - and then some. They may be reluctant to lose him but if the Frenchman makes clear he wants to leave then this could be the most practical solution.