Football: Napoli's Higuain moves to Juventus for €90 million, third-highest fee in history

Gonzalo Higuain celebrating a goal during the Italian Serie A football match between AC Chievo Verona and SSC Napoli.
Gonzalo Higuain celebrating a goal during the Italian Serie A football match between AC Chievo Verona and SSC Napoli.PHOTO: EPA

MILAN (AFP) - Gonzalo Higuain completed a sensational move to Juventus after the Italian champions agreed to pay a €90 million (S$134.2 million) fee, the third highest in history, to wrest the Argentine striker from Napoli on Tuesday.

In what is the biggest ever transfer fee recorded between two Italian Serie A clubs, Higuain's move to Turin on a five-year deal was confirmed by Juventus two hours after being published by Serie A league bosses on their official website.

In a statement, the Turin giants said: "Juventus Football Club announces the definitive purchase of Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain for the sum of €90m, payable over two equal instalments in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

 

"Higuain will sign a five-year deal with the club."

Napoli had slapped a €94.7 million buyout clause on Higuain's contract after he hit a record 36 goals in the league last season when he broke Gunnar Nordahl's 66-year record of 35 goals in a single season for AC Milan (1950).

It is the third highest transfer fee in history after Gareth Bale's move from Tottenham to Real Madrid for €100.8 million in 2013 and Cristiano Ronaldo's 2009 move from Manchester United to the Spanish giants for €94 million in 2009.

Higuain also becomes the most expensive South American player in history, his transfer pipping the €86.2 million Barcelona paid to Santos for Brazilian starlet Neymar in 2013.