All signs are pointing toward Gonzalo Higuain leaving Juventus at some point over the next month. Whether it’s Andrea Pirlo saying that the club and the player have decided to take different paths or reports coming out last week that Higuain has agreed to personal terms with what is likely his next club, there is a very slim to no chance of Pipita being around Juve much longer.
We got another indication of that Monday.
According to reports from Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti and Sky Sport Italia, Gonzalo Higuain’s agent — who just so happens to also be his brother — has made the trip from Argentina to Italy to negotiate the 32-year-old striker’s exit from the club. Agresti’s wording is that this trip to Turin is “to continue negotiations for the contract termination,” which gives a sense that this could be a flight across the Atlantic to wrap up talks rather than just put things in motion. I mean, why would he travel all this way unless something could be potentially resolved, right? That sure is a long trip for just checking in with Fabio Paratici.
It is expected that once Higuain has officially terminated his Juventus contract that he will be joining Major League Soccer’s newest side, Inter Miami, the second player to do this summer after Blaise Matuidi left by mutual consent and headed to South Florida.
What is left to figure out is the compensation Higuain will get when he does eventually terminate his contract with Juventus. He’s signed through next summer, which means he will either get the full €7 million net he is owned or something close to it. As we’ve heard in recent weeks, both Higuain and Sami Khedira aren’t so keen on letting their big salaries go. That’s no surprise seeing as they’re two of the club’s highest-paid players.
The end game is that Nicolas Higuain’s arrival in Turin means that there’s an end in sight and that some kind of resolution can be found. So as Juventus chase their next No. 9, the guy to wear it most recently could be heading out the door for good sooner rather than later.