Liverpool’s move for Gonzalo Higuain could be back on after the Argentina striker rejected the chance to stay at Napoli.
Argentine radio station Closs Continental spoke to Higuain’s agent, his brother Nicolas, who revealed a new deal had been rejected.
Higuain’s contract expires in two years, by which time he will be 30.
That suggests a deal may still not happen this summer, though at least it’s now clear Higuain’s long-term future won’t be in southern Italy.
The Reds will no doubt be buoyed by the news nonetheless, and it is now possible they will make a bid to gauge Higuain’s feelings about moving to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp wants to add to his strikeforce because of Daniel Sturridge’s ongoing injury problems, though the Liverpool boss is expected to allow Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli to leave if they can find anyone to take them on.
Higuain is exactly the kind of world class talent Klopp needs if he is to turn his side back into title contenders.
Scoring an incredible 36 goals in just 35 games last season, as per whoscored.com, the forward would certainly make Liverpool’s Premier League rivals sit up and take notice.
The changes to Klopp’s squad so far have been fairly minor, but Higuain, who helped his national side to the Copa America final that they ultimately lost to Chile, is the kind of game-changer they need.