In the words of legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross, a man who knows a thing or two about wild occurrences coming out of nowhere, business is about to pick up.
According to Sky Sport Italia and Mediaset — and throw in a couple of others along the way — Juventus and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain have reportedly agreed to a four-year contract worth €7.5 million a season. There's the whole matter of dealing with an Aurelio De Laurentiis-controlled club now if these reports are to be believe, but the fact still remains that those contract figures are oddly similar to something that Napoli reportedly offered up in the not-so-distant past (like two days ago) and Higuain turned down.
In terms of what it might actually take to get Higuain to Turin vary depending on what source you read. Some say it will take the payment of the player's €94 million release clause. Others say that a fee around €75 million and some sort of player inclusion — at this point, Roberto Pereyra being the most likely to go in the other direction — could be enough to get Napoli to agree to the deal.
Juve can pay Higuain's clause in two installments: €47 mill now, €47 mill next season reports @DiMarzio— hash (@hashim0307) July 14, 2016
Is this out of the blue? Well, yeah, it most most certainly is. Here we thought think that the only thing we'd be focused on during a Thursday in Turin would be Medhi Benatia's medical at JMedical and that's it.
Now, we have this relatively large matter to deal with. And seeing as Juventus are seriously gunning for the Champions League this season, it's not like they're lacking ambition with their previous signings this summer. It will take a lot — a whole heck of a lot — of money to get Higuain to Juventus, but this might just be crazy enough to work. Maybe. I don't know.
I mean, Higuain's brother has more than just a little vocal about things going on at Napoli before, so maybe this isn't so crazy to think about. It's just so out of the blue, I really don't know what to think at this point. (Well, other than how beautiful Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala constantly playing in assists to Gonzalo Higuain would be...)
I think I'm gonna be sick.— The Siren's Song (@SirenSongNapoli) July 14, 2016
Not that they're worried about what's going on or anything...