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Transfer talk: Gonzalo Higuain and Pepe Reina pass Napoli medicals

Real Madrid's Argentine striker and Liverpool's Spanish goalkeeper close to completing moves to Italian Serie A club.

Gonzalo Higuain was welcomed at the airport on his arrival to have talks with Napoli.
Gonzalo Higuain was welcomed at the airport on his arrival to have talks with Napoli.

ROME // Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentina striker, and Pepe Reina, the Spanish goalkeeper, moved closer to completing their prospective moves to Napoli on Wednesday as they passed medicals.

Aurelio de Laurentiis, the Napoli president, took to social media sites to reveal the news Napoli fans, some of whom greeted Higuain at a Rome airport, had been waiting for all day.

"Higuain and Reina have passed their medicals and will soon join the group," said De Laurentiis on Twitter.

"We can say that we've worked really hard but we're not stopping there!"

Higuain, the Real Madrid forward, a reported target for both Arsenal and Juventus, is reported to be costing Napoli ?37 million (Dh179.5m) plus an extra ?3m based on bonuses.

Reina joins on loan from Liverpool and will link up with Rafa Benitez, his former Anfield boss, who joined the Italians in the close season.

"He's delighted to rediscover the coach Benitez who he knows from five years in Spain and England and with whom he worked very well," said Reina's manager Manuel Quilon.

Last week Napoli sold Edinson Cavani, the Uruguay forward, to Paris Saint-Germain for a French record ?64m.

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