David Beckham's Inter Miami 'to make Gonzalo Higuain highest paid player in MLS with stunning £5.45m-a-year deal'

GONZALO HIGUAIN will become the highest-paid player in MLS when he signs for David Beckham-owned Inter Miami, according to reports.

The Argentine striker agreed a £2.3million payoff with Juventus last week to terminate his contract with the club a year early, leaving him free to join the Herons.

The Miami Herald claims Higuain will earn a base salary of £5.45million ($7million) at Inter, where he will join former Juve teammate Blaise Matuidi.

The 32-year-old has signed a contract with Beckham's fledgling franchise through to the end of the 2022 season.

Higuain's brother Federico has spent the last eight years in MLS and moved to DC United in March after seven-and-a-half seasons with Columbus Crew.

Inter Miami are yet to officially announce the signing of Higuain but co-owner Jorge Mas has posted a photo with the 32-year-old at Miami airport welcoming him to the club.

Coach Diego Alonso also confirmed the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid frontman was in town for a medical and hoped to have El Pipita join up with his squad soon.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the highest-paid MLS player in 2019 but has since left LA Galaxy to rejoin AC Milan.

Figures released by the MLS Player Association suggest the Swede earned a base salary of £5.6million ($7.2million) last year.

That put him slightly ahead of Toronto duo Michael Bradley on £4.7million($6million base) and Jozy Altidore on £3.8million ($4.9million base).

According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Higuain could earn up to £6.85million ($8.8million) per year in Miami including bonuses.

Inter Miami are in desperate need of a goalscorer in their debut MLS season, with all seven of their losses coming via a single-goal margin.

They currently sit bottom of the Eastern Conference after just two wins in 11 games.

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