Becomes second big signing for So. Fla. side
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (September 11, 2020) — Former Napoli and later Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain arrived at Miami International Airport today, one step closer to continuing his career with Inter Miami.
A few weeks ago Juventus terminated Gonzalo Higuaín’s contract as he was no longer in the team’s plans for the 2020-21 season. The Torino team had to pay the Argentine striker about $2 million because he had one year left of his contract. Having signed off on Higuain’s exit, the free agent became available for interested clubs, which led to talks with Major League Franchise and the Fort Lauderdale-based Inter Miami.
Inter Miami have not officially announced Higuain’s transfer, but that will happen in the next day or so.
Higuain is reunited with his former Juventus teammate Blaise Matuidi, who joined Inter Miami last month. Before he can begin training he will go through medical exams and the league’s COVID-protocol, which includes testing and a quarantine period of up to 10 days.
Inter Miami plays on the road at Orlando City on Saturday.
Higuain, 32, was one of the world’s top scorers between 2008 and 2018. The former Napoli and Real Madrid player has spent the past four years at Juventus, but was loaned to AC Milan in 2018-2019. He also spent part of the 2019 season at Chelsea before returning to Juve. Higuain played in three World Cups for Argentina and scored 31 goals in 75 international appearances.He scored 107 goals over five years with Real Madrid, 71 goals in three seasons with Napoli and 48 in his first two seasons with Juventus, which paid Napoli a $99 million transfer fee to get him in 2016. He spent 2019 on loan with Chelsea before returning to Juventus.
He scored eight goals and had four assists in 32 games in 2019-20. He also scored 31 goals in 75 games with the Argentine national team.
He reportedly made around $15 million this season, but will earn significantly less with Inter Miami. As is the case in MLS, terms of the deal are not announced.
D.C. United reportedly explored the possibility of signing Higuain in May and reuniting him with his older brother, Federico, 35, who joined the team in March. Their mother is sick in Argentina, so reports said Gonzalo would like to be closer to her.