Higuain bringing act to MLS
Juventus taking in Dzeko but lose Higuain
Higuain looking to bring experience to Inter Miami
Juventus FC has been busy the past days as a revamp of players continues. Though they are welcoming a fresh face in Edin Dzeko, Bianconeri is also parting ways with a long-time player.
Gonzalo Higuain will be leaving Europe after 13 years and is headed to the MLS to play for Inter Miami. The 32-year-old has played 149 games for Juve, scoring 66 goals and winning three Serie A titles. The Argentine player has spent the past two years on loan playing for Milan (2018-19) and Chelsea (2019), Goal reported.
The move is seen as a cash dump with Bianconeri saving roughly $21 million from Higuain’s exit. Juventus penned a lengthy heartfelt message, thanking Pipa and wishing him luck as he embarks on a new chapter in his football career.
“There were many battles together, many goals scored, with many often decisive. Now the paths of Gonzalo Higuain and Juventus go their separate ways: Pipita, after winning his third Scudetto, has officially taken off his Black and White shirt,” part of the statement read. “Now it’s time to say goodbye: thanks for everything, Pipa! And good luck for your future.”
Higuain is signed until the 2022 MLS season and becomes the club’s third and final Designated Player, SI.com reported. He joins Matias Pellegrini and Rodolfo Pizarro.
Aside from Pellegrini and Pizarro, he will also be reunited with some former Juventus teammates. That includes Blaise Matuidi who signed last month via free transfer. Higuain will allegedly be paid $8.8 million annually, making him the highest-paid player in the league.
“We are pleased to close a deal with Gonzalo and add an experienced and successful goalscorer, who has excelled in the world’s best teams and leagues,” Inter Miami COO and sporting director Paul McDonough said. “Our ownership group has always said our goal is to not only bring elite players to Inter Miami, but also good people that share our ambition and aspiration of making history in North American fútbol, and we’re confident we have found that in Gonzalo.”
Higuain was also thankful for the trust and belief Inter had I signing him. He believes it will be a wonderful experience as he passes on the football knowledge he has collected.
“My goal is to try to transmit all the experience I acquired in Europe and to help the team grow,” Higuain said.