Napoli: Benitez revels in Higuain capture

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez signed Gonzalo Higuain

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Napoli boss Rafael Benitez admitted club have pulled off a real coup with imminent arrival of Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.

Having seen Uruguayan star Edinson Cavani leave the Stadio San Paolo this summer for Ligue 1 big spenders Paris Saint-Germain, the Azzurri have been quick to bring in a top replacement striker.

Premier League outfit Arsenal looked like frontrunners to capture Higuain?s signature, after a proposed move to Juventus had fallen through earlier in the summer.

However the Gunners were unable to get a deal over the line for the 25-year-old, who completed a medical in Italy on Wednesday alongside Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is set to join Napoli on a season-long loan.

With the Azzurri set to sign Higuain on a five-year-deal, believed to be worth in the region of £34.5m, Benitez feels this is a massive step forward for a side who want to challenge for the Serie A title next season.

He told the Corriere dello Sport: “We were looking for a quality player. We were looking for someone playing at the highest level.

“We have signed a player who comes from Real Madrid and we have signed a striker who has scored a hatful of goals and who will adapt very well to our system – an attacking system. We needed a player like this.

“We are all working together to ensure the players we want arrive. We have to sign players who will do well for Napoli for the next three or four years.”

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