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De Laurentiis: Higuain & Reina will join soon

The Partenopei chief has revealed the club are set to complete deals for two big-name players by Monday

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that Gonzalo Higuain and Pepe Reina are both close to joining the club after passing medicals.

Higuain, 25, has long been linked with a move to Arsenal but the Serie A outfit have beaten the Gunners to his signature after the Real Madrid striker successfully completed a medical prior to a reported €35 million move.

The Partenopei are also set to complete what is believed to be a season-long loan deal for 30-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper Reina, following the Reds' signing of Simon Mignolet, with De Laurentiis revealing that both transfers could be completed by Monday.

He wrote on his official Twitter page: "Higuain and Reina passed medicals and will join group very soon.

"Monday night we will make a big party at San Paolo. You will know new players and more.

"You will discover the new jerseys and listen to the new hymn, a remake of 'O Surdato 'nnamurato' and watch the new Napoli cheerleaders.

"We can say we have worked a lot but we will not stop here."

De Laurentiis recently revealed that coach Rafa Benitez has €124 million to spend following the €64m sale of striker Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Spaniard has already been busy in the summer transfer window after completing deals for Dries Mertens, Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon, as he bids to make a flying start to life at Napoli having joined the club in June.

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