Maybe, just maybe, Juventus isn’t done doing business with David Beckham this summer.
I bet you all expected to read that sentence a few months ago, huh?
Just a few short weeks after Blaise Matuidi ended his contract a year earlier and signed with Major League Soccer’s new franchise in Southern Florida, it looks as though Gonzalo Higuain could be following that same kind of path to Inter Miami. TyC Sports is reporting that Higuain — who is set to earn €7.5 million in the 2020-21 season with Juventus — has agreed personal terms with Becks and Inter Miami, with only the officially termination of his contract with the Italian champions standing between the Argentine and a move to the United States.
We already know that Juve’s first-year manager Andrea Pirlo has publicly said that Higuain is not part of his plans for the upcoming season. And, just the report about Higuain agreeing to personal terms with Inter Miami, Higuain’s brother/agent told Tuttosport the following: “Gonzalo will leave Juventus. We are in talks to reach an agreement about the termination of the contract. Pipita will not play anymore in #Serie A.”
Con detalles exclusivos, contamos por qué Higuaín está a un paso del Inter Miami. https://t.co/zNWrBfqVSh— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) September 2, 2020
You want confirmation that Higuain is leaving Juventus in relatively short order, I guess the word of his brother who just so happens to be his agent is pretty much all you need.
This was the most likely outcome, honestly. Whether he headed to South America or, as we now expect, North America and MLS, Higuain leaving Juventus this summer was much more the logical end result of the summer transfer window rather than him sticking around and seeing out the final season of his contract. Juventus have been set on getting a new No. 9, and while the player they are now reportedly targeting is older than Higuain and will turn 34 early next year, he is also better than the 32-year-old Argentine.
Hell, at this point of the year in 2019, seeing Higuain both on Juve’s roster and contributing quite a bit was a major surprise. That form obviously didn’t last, but still played close to 1,900 Serie A minutes and was the third-leading goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.
But, like his brother says, Higuain’s time in Italy is coming to an end shortly. With that means one of Juve’s biggest salaries, no matter how it might be negotiated in terms of a buyout, is going to be coming off the books.