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Napoli to hijack Arsenal's move for Real Madrid's Higuain

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is showing significant interest in Gonzalo Higuain.

The Real Madrid striker has been heavily linked with a summer move to Arsenal, with Juventus also keen, but Benitez is determined to bring a quality goalscorer to the Stadio San Paolo following the departure of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain.

It is believed Napoli have emerged at the front of the queue Argentina international Higuain following a £27million bid.

"This offer is superior to the rumours about what Arsenal and Juventus are willing to pay," said a Real Madrid source.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis added: "It's true that we're negotiating for Gonzalo Higuain.

"The money we got for Cavani was €64.5m and added to the €60m we had set aside for the transfer budget there will be €124.5m to carefully invest on Napoli.

"There are various names on the table, we're assessing the situation."

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