MLS officially has its next big star with Inter Miami announcing on Friday that they have finalized the signing of striker Gonzalo Higuain.
It was reported that Higuain is Inter-bound several weeks ago, but the move was slowed by the fact that the 32-year-old Argentinian had one more year left on his deal with Juventus. The two sides managed to agree to a contract termination in recent days, which cleared the way for a veteran to come to the United States.
Higuain will sign a Designated Player contract in Miami and will play alongside his former Juve teammate Blaise Matuidi. His brother, Frederico Higuain, also plays in MLS with D.C. United.
“First of all, I want to thank Inter Miami for the effort it has made to sign me,” said Higuain in a statement. “I think it will be a beautiful experience in my life. It’s what I was looking for—a new experience, a new league, and a beautiful city. I’m really happy to be here and that it’s official. My goal is to try to transmit all the experience I acquired in Europe and to help the team grow.”
The capture of Higuain will be a major boost for the ambitious Inter Miami side that saw some growing pains during its inaugural season in MLS. They are currently sitting dead last on Eastern Conference standings with just two wins and seven losses in 11 games.
Gonzalo Higuain is a prolific striker, who played for some of the biggest European clubs in the past, including Real Madrid, Napoli, and Juventus, and scored more than 300 goals on the club level. He has also been a member of the Argentina national team between 2009 and 2018.