Higuain joins Inter Miami after Juve exit

Gonzalo Higuain has signed for US MLS side Inter Miami from Juventus.
Gonzalo Higuain has signed for US MLS side Inter Miami from Juventus.

Major League Soccer side Inter Miami have signed Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain on a free transfer after he left Italian champions Juventus.

Higuain, 32, will join the team owned by David Beckham as a designated player, joining compatriot Matias Pellegrini and Mexican midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro as the team's highest-paid squad members.

Nicknamed 'the Beckham Rule', the designated player option allows MLS teams to sign up to three players outside their salary cap.

"First of all, I want to thank Inter Miami for the effort it has made to sign me. I think it will be a beautiful experience in my life," Higuain said in a statement.

"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."

Earlier on Friday, Serie A champions Juventus announced they had terminated Higuain's contract by mutual consent.

Former Real Madrid striker Higuain, who joined Juventus in 2016 after a three-year stint with Napoli, scored 66 goals in 149 games in all competitions for the league champions.

Australian Associated Press