For the better part of the last two weeks, we’ve seen transfer rumors that, for the most part, seem somewhat logical. Mattia Perin to fill a goalkeeping need? Okay! Matteo Darmian to fill a fullback need? Okay. Long-admired
Now we’ve gotten to the crazy talk.
Forget the linking of Alvaro Morata to Juventus. Same goes for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and his rumored nine-figure price tag. Forget the talk of Paul Pogba coming back to Turin or that Juventus would seriously go after Mauro Icardi when he’s so clearly out of Juve’s price range.
The front pages of both Tuttosport and the Corriere dello Sport — so take that as you want — have indicated that Juve’s 30-year-old striker by the name of Gonzalo Higuain is now available for all comers to try and acquire. The reports state that Higuain is no longer viewed as the best solution up front and doesn’t fit into the vision that Max Allegri has for the club going into the 2018-19 season, one where a whole lot of turnover is already expected to happen.
The reported price Juventus want for Higuain? Oh, about between €55 million and €60 million.
The price Juventus paid for Higuain two summers ago? Oh, much more than that.
Welcome to the summer transfer rumor season, boys and girls. Now that Higuain has officially been put on the transfer market by the Italian press and not by the club that he actually plays for, I hope you’re prepared for endless rumors about his status at the club going past June, July and August.
For all we know, everything is cool with Higuain and Allegri, and the fact that this supposed “he doesn’t fit into the boss’ plans” stuff is just a bunch of what a lot of us already think it is. (You can use a very descriptive word for this right here if you’d like.)
Or, after appearing in just under 100 games over the last two years, maybe Allegri feels like he’s tapped as much as he can out of Higuain and that a new No. 9 would be best to play alongside Paulo Dybala in whatever formation is the choice next season.
At this point, we really have no idea — both in terms of the fact that nothing has told us that Juve are not in Higuain’s corner anymore or the fact that all of this is coming from Italian newspaper outlets that are far from what you would call “reliable.”
And, just for curiosity sake, let’s just see how Higuain is doing these days...
If there’s any kind of drama happening with himself and the club he currently gets a check from, he certainly ain’t showing it. Pipa is off to Russia for the World Cup, and he’s taking as many pictures with fans that he wants to along the way.