By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Juventus are set to open talks with Napoli over a sensational move for Gonzalo Higuain, according to a report.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims on his website that the prolific Argentine striker has given the green lights for the two Italian clubs to discuss a transfer this summer.
It is said that Higuain negotiations will take place during the next meeting scheduled to finalise playmaker Roberto Pereyra’s move from Juventus to Napoli.
Di Marzio reports that Serie A champions Juve will initially offer four players in part-exchange for Higuain and that, if Napoli chiefs are unwilling to play ball, they are ready to meet the daunting £78million release clause in his contract.
Juventus’ staggering intervention comes after The Mirror claimed that Arsenal had opened talks with Higuain’s brother and agent Nicolas about signing the forward this summer.
Reports in Italy cited by Goal claimed that Arsene Wenger hopes to agree a deal of £41million plus Giroud for the services of the 28-year-old.
The former Real Madrid striker has made it clear that he does not want to extend his Napoli contract, which expires in two years’ time.
Higuain has scored 227 career goals, netting an incredible 38 times for Napoli in just 42 games last season, including 36 in 35 Serie A matches.
Arsenal are in the market for a new striker with doubts surrounding Giroud’s ability to be the striker that can win them the Premier League.
The club had been close to signing Jamie Vardy earlier in the window but the deal fell through when the Englishman chose to sign a new contract with league champions Leicester.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Wenger has accelerated his pursuit of a Barcelona player after a bid was lodged.