Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain's brother and agent Nicolas Higuain has confirmed the striker will not sign a new deal and could leave the Serie A outfit in the summer transfer window if interested clubs could match his asking price. The 28-year-old was in fine form in the 2015/16 season, scoring 36 league goals in 35 appearances and his contract at Stadio San Paolo runs down in 2018.
The Argentine international also starred for his national side in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, where Lionel Messi's side lost to Chile on penalties in the final. Higuain's form for both club and country has seen him attract interest from the Premier League clubs as Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are all keen on securing his services.
Jurgen Klopp is keen on bringing the former Real Madrid striker to Anfield, reports the Mirror. Liverpool will face competition from their arch-rivals as Jose Mourinho is also looking to reunite with his former player at Old Trafford as United are in the hunt for Higuain, claims Napoli legend Jose Alberti.
"This is the situation. The president is asking for the clause to be paid to let go of Gonzalo, and we have the right to refuse to renew," Higuain told radio show Closs Continental.
"We arrived at Napoli with the promise of a successful project, playing in the Champions League and winning the Scudetto, with improved facilities and a desire to grow. It wasn't right of the club to ignore those commitments.
"Aurelio De Laurentiis has every right to demand the clause in his contract be paid, but my brother and I have decided not to accept a renewal.
"We'll see what happens next year with Napoli, given that his contract expires in 2018 when he turns 30.
"For now we'll continue to abide by the contract, after that I don't know what will happen, whether a club will be able to buy him or not. We have a contract with Napoli and, as a great professional, Gonzalo will continue to respect it. He'll train correctly and give his all. But it absolutely won't be renewed if things stay this way."