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75 million reasons why Juventus' summer-signing Gonzalo Higuain is worth every penny of his Transfer Fee

Thursday 28th July 2016
Juventus recently announced the signing of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain for £75M this summer, making him the most expensive Italian Serie A transfer, the largest in the two clubs' history and the third most-expensive in football.

Reaction from pundits and supporters has been one of surprise, with many suggesting the centre-forward's age should have lowered Napoli's valuation, but here are five reasons why Juventus have paid a fair fee for the prolific goalscorer.

Only Messi & Ronaldo boast more league goals since Higuain's move to the Serie A

Of the top four European divisions (English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga), only Barcelona's Lionel Messi (97) and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (114) have scored more league goals than Higuain (71) since the Argentine's 2013/14 move to Napoli.

Gonzalo Higuain has been one of the most prolific players in Europe since moving to the Italian Serie A, and there was no better striker for Juventus to sign this summer to strengthen their side. No attainable player has amassed more goals in the top European divisions than their summer-signing so the Old Lady can be safe in the knowledge they've signed the best attacker available to them.

World-class same-age players would command a similar transfer fee

The biggest complaint of Gonzalo Higuain's transfer has been his age. The Argentine international is 28 years old and is contracted to stay in Turin until he's 33. Many feel the lack of resale value makes the £75M asking price too lofty, but when considering the valuations of other same-age players the current market is accurate.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has been linked with £70M deals in the last 12 months. He's 28. 27-year-old Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund has been linked with £60M deals this summer alone, and Bayern Much's Robert Lewandowski would command a similar price if the 27-year-old was to leave the Allianz Arena. As a result, £75M isn't too farfetched by comparison, especially when considering Higuain's outstanding scoring record in recent years.
Juventus weakening title rivals and greatly strengthening themselves

Juventus' acquisition of Gonzalo Higuain has seen them remove the best player from their title rivals while opening up a larger gap at the top in the process.

The Old Lady are chasing six consecutive Italian Serie A titles and now they've given themselves the best chance of another successful defence after taking the chief goalscorer from runners-up Napoli.

While focused on finally winning the Champions League for the first time in 20+ years, Juventus are also boosting their hopes of domestic success by taking the best player from their direct competition in the title race.

Money can be easily recouped

Juventus' financial security is much healthier than in recent years, but they can recoup the Higuain transfer fee easily this summer if required.

Midfielder Paul Pogba is set to sign for Manchester United for close to £100M this summer, but the Italian giants can also sell a number of other players to raise funds.

The likes of defender Leonardo Bonucci has been valued for £40M-£50M this summer, while striker Paulo Dybala has been valued at £50M according to various publications in the last year.

As a result, Juventus have no problem recouping the funds if they needed to, but reports from the camp suggest they don't need to sell to cover the Higuain deal.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.


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