Serie A giants Juventus confirmed on Tuesday that they had signed prolific Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain for 90 million euros, payable in two financial years.
The Argentine has agreed a five-year contract with the club.
“I can confirm that the contract has been deposited with the League and the deal has been done,” Napoli spokesperson Nicola Lombardi told Reuters Sports.
Juventus later confirmed the news on their Twitter account.
The fee makes the Argentine the third most expensive player in history from a single fee behind Real Madrid’s moves to get Gareth Bale from Tottenham and Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
In moving for Higuain, the Italian champions have secured the services of one of the most prolific and complete forwards in the world game, boasting 191 league strikes in 329 appearances across spells with the Napoli, Real Madrid and River Plate.
Higuain etched his name in the Serie A history books for becoming the highest scorer in a single Italian top-flight season with an impressive 36 goals in 35 games last season – breaking Gunnar Nordahl’s 66-year-old record in the process.
With Higuain now following fellow Argentinians Carlos Tevez and Paulo Dybala in donning the black and white of Juventus, few would write off his chances of lifting his first Serie A title while helping the Old Lady to win a record sixth Scudetto on the spin.
The news that he was to join Juventus caused anguish among Napoli fans, who gathered in Naples city centre to tear up pictures of the Argentine and set fire to replicas of his number nine shirt.