Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Southampton

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

Villa Park

Last Game

A Villa 0 - 3 Arsenal

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Duo pass medicals at Napoli

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.

Last Updated: 25/07/13 at 14:35 Post Comment

Jose Reina: Passed medical ahead of move to Napoli

Jose Reina: Passed medical ahead of move to Napoli

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, prepares to reunite with his former Reds manager Rafael Benitez on a season-long loan deal.

The duo were pictured heading for medicals at Rome's Villa Stuart sport clinic and Azzurri president De Laurentiis has now taken to Twitter to confirm a successful outcome for both players.

Through his official account, he wrote: "Higuain and Reina have passed their medicals and will soon join the rest of the group.

"On Monday there will be a big party at the San Paolo. You will be able to get to know the new players and the new shirts."

Should the moves go through, Higuain and Reina could appear for Napoli against Arsenal in next month's Emirates Cup.

The pre-season event is being hosted by the Gunners, who have been strongly linked with a move for the Argentinian striker this summer, on the weekend of August 3-4. Porto and Galatasaray will also contest the mini-tournament.

A report published on Gazzetta.it showed Higuain, who has scored 107 league goals in six seasons with Real, wearing a Napoli scarf while being mobbed at Rome's Fiumicino airport.

Meanwhile, Reina's agent Manuel Garcia Quilon told Gazzetta.it: "He's happy to reunite with Benitez because he's known him for over five years from their time in Spain and England, and they worked very well together."

Higuain declared his intention to leave the Santiago Bernabeu towards the end of the 2012-13 season, while Spain international Reina's chances of first-team football at Anfield appeared increasingly limited following the arrival of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.

Napoli have already signed winger Dries Mertens from PSV Eindhoven and both forward Jose Callejon and defender Raul Albiol from the Spanish capital club as the Serie A runners-up rebuild for a title challenge by reinvesting the reported 64million euros (£55million) earned from striker Edinson Cavani's transfer to Paris St Germain.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Premier League: Liverpool granted permission to expand Anfield

Liverpool's plans to expand Anfield has received a boost after the city's council grant approval for redevelopment work.

Rio: Fergie exit hit RvP hardest

Rio Ferdinand has claimed Robin van Persie was the player who suffered the most after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as Man United manager.

Premier League: West Brom boss Alan Irvine ready to drop big names

West Brom boss Alan Irvine has underlined his willingness to drop out-of-form players, regardless of their status.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property