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Giulianelli: Napoli encouraging Man Utd to do Higuain business; Sabatini due at Chelsea

I begin this column with the words of Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli president.

During a presentation of a book, De Laurentiis declared: "[Last summer] someone even knocked on our door for Higuain and for this reason I inserted the clause in his contract, so if there is someone willing to pay it we will see..."

This was more than just a declaration of availability and an offer to sit down at the table and discuss with whomever wants to take Gonzalo Higuain.

This is the case for Manchester United. As I wrote last time, they are getting closer to the Argentinian striker.

Talks between Jose Mourinho and Higuain's entourage are continuing to progress.


It's not a secret anymore that Walter Sabatini is in pole position to join Antonio Conte at Chelsea as sports director.

Yesterday he told the press: "I asked the president to bring forward the ending of my contract and for now he seems to have accepted".

Translation: Sabatini next June will be free, Roma are looking around to find a new director and he will take a flight with his next destination London. The Blues side, of course...


Francesco Guidolin was satisfied with his Swansea City's last win against Aston Villa on Saturday. It was a direct clash between two teams struggling to avoid relegation.

I don't understand some critics I've read about his work in Wales: he's doing well and he deserves confidence - from the club and from the supporters.

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