At this point, Gonzalo Higuain signing with Juventus seems more like an inevitable occurrence rather than just a small possibility that is more to occupy the media's time during the summer compared to anything else. That's mainly because of the fact that as Juve played Melbourne Victory in Australia on Saturday, word came out in Italy that the five-time Serie A champions had agreed to pay Higuain's massive buyout clause.
According to the Italian media Sunday morning, that clause might not be what Juventus ends up sending to Napoli.
Reports from both Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio and Fabiana Della Valle of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus will pay Napoli €90 million for Higuain's services, not the €94.7 million buyout clause that everybody pretty much assumed would be the price to get Serie A's leading scorer to Turin this summer. The reasoning behind said price tag for it lies below in case you were wondering why such reports exist.
Juventus to pay 90m (and not 94.7m) for Higuain, because in this case the player did not free himself, instead a club paid the clause. #GdS— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) July 24, 2016
If this talk of potentially paying a few million euros lower than what the release clause sounds familiar, then you are pretty much remembering what went down earlier this summer. Miralem Pjanic's release clause was a reported €38 million. But when the official announcement came about, Juve were paying €32 million for the Bosnian midfielder, not €38 million like everybody widely assumed would be the case.
The same is now apparently going to be the situation with Higuain, whose transfer fee — no matter what it may actually end up being — will be one of the most expensive transfers to ever take place. Who knew it would be Juventus doing such business this summer, huh? What a time to be alive.
Whether €90 million or €94.7 million, this one gif involving a certain Beppe Marotta pretty much sums everything up.
Make it rain, Beppe. Make it rain on every single one of them.