Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/27/13
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Napoli have completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old Argentina striker who passed a medical with the ambitious Serie A club last week has signed a reported five-year contract at the Stadio San Paolo with reports in Italy suggesting Real have received 40 million euros ($53 million) for the prolific frontman. A statement published on Napoli's official website read: "Napoli have made the signing of Gonzalo Higuain official. The Argentinian striker arrives from Real Madrid." Higuain who scored 107 league goals in six seasons with Real Madrid becomes the latest addition to Rafael Benitez's Napoli squad with the former Liverpool boss now focusing on ratifying a season-long loan deal for Reds goalkeeper Jose Reina. Reina passed a medical at Rome's Villa Stuart sport clinic in the hours that followed Higuain's arrival to a rapturous reception at Fiumicino airport on Wednesday. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has promised "a big party" to present the Argentinian ahead of a friendly match against Galatasaray on Monday night. Benitez knows Reina well having brought the Spain international to Anfield from Villarreal in 2005 but he is particularly excited to work with Higuain. Benitez told the Corriere dello Sport last week: "We were looking for a quality player. We were looking for someone playing at the highest level.
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