‘It’s a wonderful place to play’: Gonzalo Higuain can’t wait to join Inter Miami as he finally completes David Beckham’s free transfer to the MLS franchise after leaving Juventus.
- Inter Miami has completed the signing of veteran forward Gonzalo Higuain
- The 32-year-old participates for free after his contract with Juventus was terminated
- Higuain said he hopes to use his experience to help David Beckham’s team grow
Inter Miami has completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain via a free transfer after he left Serie A champions Juventus.
The 32-year-old will join the MLS squad, owned by David Beckham, as a designated player – after agreeing a £ 2.3 million payout with Juventus to end his contract a year earlier.
Higuain will join Argentinian countryman Matias Pellegrini and Mexican midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro as the highest paid team members.
Gonzalo Higuain started training with Inter Miami after approving his transfer to the club
David Beckham has spoken about attracting Europe’s biggest players to his MLS franchise
Nicknamed the “ Beckham Rule, ” the designated player option allows the team in the MLS to sign up up to three players beyond their salary cap.
Higuain trained for the club on Friday and, in a statement, thanked Inter Miami for the effort he made to sign him.
He said, ‘I think it will be a beautiful experience in my life. That’s what I was looking for: a new experience, a new competition and a beautiful city.
‘I am very happy to be here and that it is official. My goal is to try to transfer all the experience I have gained in Europe and help the team grow. ‘
Former Real Madrid and Chelsea striker Higuain joined Juventus in 2016, scoring 66 goals in 149 appearances across all competitions.
‘There were many fights together, many goals scored, with many often decisive. Now the paths of Higuain and Juventus are falling apart, ‘Juventus said in a statement announcing that they had canceled the 32-year-old’s contract a year earlier.
The Miami Herald previously claimed the striker will earn a base salary of £ 5.45 million ($ 7 million) at Inter and has signed a contract that will take him into the summer of 2022.
Higuain follows former Juventus teammate Blaise Matuidi in Miami, and he will also play in the same league as his older brother Federico Higuain, who plays for DC United.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the highest paid MLS player in 2019, but is now back at AC Milan after leaving LA Galaxy last year.
Higuain joins Inter Miami after his contract with Juventus was terminated a year earlier
Figures released by the MLS Player Association suggest the Swedish forward, 38, earned a base salary of £ 5.6 million ($ 7.2 million) in 2019.
That put him slightly ahead of Toronto duo Michael Bradley at £ 4.7 million ($ 6 million basis) and Jozy Altidore at £ 3.8 million ($ 4.9 million basis).
Inter Miami is in desperate need of a goalscorer for their debut MLS season, with all seven losses so far coming from a one-goal margin.
They are currently at the bottom of the Eastern Conference after just two wins in 11 games.