Officials at Inter Miami CF announced this afternoon that after weeks of rumor and speculation, they have signed former Real Madrid and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain on a free transfer from Juventus. Inter was able to bring in their new striker on a free because Higuain was released from his contract at Juve just yesterday. The 32-year-old will become Inter’s most marquee signing during their short existence since Blaise Matuidi joined back in August.
Club manager Diego Alonso expressed his excitement with his club’s newest signing, telling InterMiamiCF.com that, “Without a doubt his goals scoring ability will help us cover an area in which we have been looking for somebody to help us improve.” He also pinpointed Higuain’s experience as an added benefit for one of MLS’s newest clubs. “He’ll bring a lot of experience, helping us because we have a lot of young players in that position, players that are very valuable but need time to continue to grow.”
Inter Miami certainly needs help in all areas, but perhaps most important is with the attack. So far during their maiden campaign, Miami has scored only nine times, and have only two multi-goal games to their name so far. There’s little doubt that a player with Higuain’s pedigree will be able to help the club in the goals department.
The Argentina native has long been a top talent in the world’s game. Starting his career with the legendary River Plate in 2005, Higuain made a massive move to Real Madrid in 2007. During his seven years at the most famous club in the world, Higuain appeared in 264 matches and scored 121 times. He was a part of a squad that won three league titles, a Copa del Rey, and two more Supercopas. He then made the move to Italy, where he would become one of Europe’s best number 9s.
If you were to combine his time at Napoli with his further runs at Juventus and AC Milan, Higuain finished his time in Italy with 317 appearances across all competitions and 165 goals. Not to mention, he also won three league titles, three Copa Italia, a Supercoppa, and reached his first Champions League final.
Speaking with InterMiamiCF.com for the first time, a motivated Higuain shared his initial thoughts with his new club. “My goal is to demonstrate that I can contribute and continue playing great football here, and I hope I can achieve that because I have all the tools necessary to succeed. Inter Miami is a team in construction but there is already a good base to reach important goals.”
Before choosing to bring in Higuain, reports indicated that officials at Inter Miami were also speaking with Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who’s status at the Camp Nou is still up in the air. That move will almost certainly not happen, but we will report if anything on that front changes.
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