Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain will not extend his contract after the club failed to strengthen the squad, agent and brother Nicolas Higuain revealed.
The Argentina international was the best striker in the Serie A last season after scoring a record-breaking 36 goals.
He is a target for Arsenal and Atletico Madrid according to recent reports.
"We arrived with a Champions League project, of being champions, of growing, and the response of the company was not the most correct," his agent told Radio Continental.
"It's their right to ask for his buyout clause, but we will opt for the path of not renewing the contract and he will be free in 2018.
"In these conditions we are going to respect the contract that we have with Napoli but we are not going to renew it under any circumstances.
"Gonzalo is super professional and will continue to give the maximum."
The 28-year-old's buy-out clause is rumoured to be in the region of £72million.