Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli: Azzurri Sign Real Madrid Striker
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 9:20 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
CNN Italian sports corespondent Tancredi Palmeri provides a picture of a happy Higuain:
First picture of Higuain and Benitez together with Napoli president in front of a gigantic cake pic.twitter.com/BRtIOddZUD— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 24, 2013
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Club president Aurelio de Laurentiis tweeted that the talented striker had passed his medical and would be joining the Azzurri, while CNN correspondent Tancredi Palmeri provided a helpful translation of the Italian's news:
Higuain e Reina hanno superato le visite mediche e presto si aggregheranno al gruppo— AurelioDeLaurentiis (@ADeLaurentiis) July 24, 2013
Napoli president tweeting that Higuain and Reina have passed medicals and will soon join the team— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 24, 2013
It was reported earlier today that Higuain was in Italy for a medical with the southern club, and the following video was shot of his arrival:
Higuain is a natural goalscorer, notching 16 goals and five assists in La Liga competition for Real Madrid last season. He's scored at least 20 goals for Los Blancos in three of the last six seasons, often doing so in limited starts for the deep Spanish side.
He first came to the club in the winter of the 2006-07 season from River Plate. He saw limited time in his first season-and-a-half for the club but exploded in the 2008-09 year, scoring 22 goals and adding nine assists in 34 La Liga appearances (31 starts).
He's a true poacher in front of the goal, capable of scoring with his head, off the volley or running into open spaces and providing a target for his teammates. He can hold up play for the midfield or even act the part of a facilitator, though he is quite effective as the lone striker atop a formation.
And at just 25 years of age, he's both younger and cheaper than some of the other big-name forwards either moving or rumored to be moving this summer, including Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Wayne Rooney.
Higuain's signing isn't the biggest move of the summer, but he could end up very quietly being one of the most effective new additions to a club this season.
Keep an eye on the goalscoring Argentine, who should continue to put the ball in the back of the net at a steady pace.
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