Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain could be forced out of the club following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus Stadium.
The Portuguese international attacker has joined the Italian champions on a four-year deal after having paid a £105m transfer fee.
Juventus need to sell some of their top players to fund the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s deal, which is worth £26.5m a year.
According to Italian expert Valentina Fass, former Napoli star Higuain is the candidate to be axed due to Ronaldo’s arrival.
“We’ve been saying for a while that Higuain is going to go,” Fass told the Transfer Talk podcast.
“He has not had any offers from what I understand so at the moment.”
“Ronaldo doesn’t come cheap at all. At the beginning when this rumour started going around, we tried to work out ‘can they afford him?’”
“There’s a few different issues. Can they afford him? Yes. Juventus are backed by Fiat which is actually the Agnelli family.”
“They would, of course, need to sell players – although it would not be one like Higuain who would give them extra added value as they bought him for a lot of money.”
“They bought him €55million. If they sold him for €60m they would only be making €5m. They have to make sure they respect the Financial Fair Play, too.”
“They also have to pay him €30 million per year but he brings with him lots of sponsorship deals. Marketing will improve and the sale of the Juventus shirts which you can personalise with the name and number, that’s selling a lot already.”
Ronaldo, who brought to an end his nine-year stay at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, is now the Real Madrid top scorer of all time with 451 goals in 438 appearances.