Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed they rejected a €60 million bid for Gonzalo Higuain from Atletico Madrid.
The Argentina striker is highly sought after following a record-breaking season, scoring 36 Serie A goals and the Partenopei are determined to keep their star man.
Arsenal and Juventus have also expressed an interest in his services but have yet to make a formal bid for 28-year-old, who has a release clause in his contract for €96m.
De Laurentiis did confirm though that they had turned down an offer in excess of €60m for Higuain from Atletico.
“I haven’t spoken to Higuain, so all these allegations are coming from the media, driven by different agendas,” he told reporters.
“The only offer I’ve had was from the Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo a month ago and I told him we couldn’t do it.
“He offered me €60m plus two or three players and I said no.”
Juve have been linked with Higuain and could be in a position to make a bid if they sell Pogba but De Laurentiis flatly rejected entertaining any notion of him joining one of their biggest rivals.
He said: “Even if Juventus were to return to the table with any money from the sale of Pogba, they would need to agree with Higuain. You can’t claim to be one of the ‘curva’, singing Napoli songs and then go to Napoli’s historic rival. I don’t think it will happen.”