Higuain Completes Juventus Move

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Updated: July 26, 2016

Gonzalo Higuain becomes the third most expensive player after Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a deal worth £75.3m after triggering the release clause in his contract making the move to Juventus from Napoli. But turning 29 at the end of the calendar year, this begs the question of how excessive are the these transfer fees going to be become?

The French born striker started his career at Argentinian club River Plate and scoring 13 goals in 35 matches earned him a €12m move to Real Madrid. Higuain enjoyed a six year spell at Madrid with an average ratio of 1.78 goals a match (higher than his 1.46 goals per game ratio at Napoli). In the summer of 2013, Higuain joined the newly appointed Napoli boss, Rafael Benitez, for €40m. His Napoli career was a massive success winning over the fans love and affection in a city where the fans can be very hostile towards the football players of Napoli. In his last season at Napoli he had his best season by beating the Serie A goalscorer record by netting 36 goals and finishing in second place behind Juventus.

Following Morata’s departure back to Real Madrid, Juventus felt they needed to fill the gap even though Morata wasn’t always a starter for Juventus. Higuain’s fellow Argentine Dybala can feel quite harshly treated having finished second best goal scorer in the league with 19 goals and at a young age of 22 was already leading the line for Juventus and growing into that role with Mandzukic as a different option of the bench along with Zaza made famous for his only touch in the match for the penalty miss in Euro 2016 quarter final against Germany.

Dybala

 

This sort of transfer can easily emphasise any potential transfers by other clubs knowing that clubs will pay these fees that seem very exaggerated as we may see with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba potentially making his return to Old Trafford for a rumoured fee of £120m. In my opinion there is more to this deal than obtaining the services of the Argentine. It seems to me that Juventus want to eliminate any sort of competition in Serie A to rest players for the Champions League, in which they will have to show progress if they are to re-establish themselves as a European elite. The transfer of Higuain immensely weakens last year’s main rival Napoli. The same theory can be applied for Pjanic after his transfer from Roma, who finished second the season before last. There is also a brand image to keep up. Juventus are historically a big club but paying such a high sum draws attention towards them, it shows the world that they are one of the biggest clubs who can spend this money if they have to.


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