Gonzalo Higuain arrives in Italy as Napoli close in on striker and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina

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Serie A runners-up Napoli have moved to replace last season’s topscorer Edinson Cavani, who was sold to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, as they prepare for another assault on the domestic title and a Champions League campaign.

The 25-year-old Higuain, who has also been targeted by Arsenal, was met by dozens of fans at Rome airport after he arrived in Italy, with local media reports saying the forward was on his way to a Napoli medical.

Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili said: “When players from Real Madrid come to Napoli, it must be a reason for pride for Napoli and the Italian league.”

Reina is likely to lose out to Simon Mignolet, signed from Sunderland last month, as the first choice goalkeeper at Anfield next season and the 30-year-old would be reunited with his former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

Speaking after his medical Reina said: “I’m happy to link up again with coach Benitez, who I knew for five years between Spain and England, and with who I have always worked very well.”

 

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