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Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain arrived in Rome on Wednesday for a reported medical with Serie A runner-up Napoli.
The Argentina international was greeted by about 100 jubilant Napoli fans, waving club scarves and Argentina flags.
Arsenal was also interested in Higuain, but the 25-year-old Argentine is expected to complete a 40 million euro ($53 million) transfer to Napoli and link up with his new teammates at their training camp in Verona.
Napoli is also on the verge of signing Pepe Reina after the Liverpool goalkeeper underwent a medical at the club earlier in the day.
''I'm happy to link up again with coach (Rafa) Benitez, who I knew for five years between Spain and England, and with who I have always worked very well,'' Reina said as he left the clinic following his medical.
Benitez joined Napoli at the end of May, succeeding Walter Mazzarri, who resigned and signed to coach Inter.
The Spanish coach has already signed defender Raul Albiol and forward Jose Callejon from Real Madrid, as well as PSV Eindhoven winger Dries Mertens and Santos goalkeeper Rafael.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis recently claimed his club had 124.5 million euros ($164.5 million) to invest in the team following the 60 million euro ($79 million) sale of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain.
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Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Reina have passed medicals at Napoli and will be presented to the ambitious Serie A club's fans on Monday night, according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Real Madrid striker Higuain, 25, is on the verge of signing a reported five-year contract at the Stadio San Paolo for a 40million euro (£34.5million) fee while Liverpool goalkeeper Reina, 30,...
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina and Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain are both reportedly having medicals ahead of moves to Napoli.
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Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has arrived in Italy today to finalize his transfer to Napoli in a deal rumored to be £31.8million on a five-year contract worth £140,000 a week.
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Napoli boss Rafael Benitez believes incoming striker signing Gonzalo Higuain will take the ambitious Serie A club to the next level.
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