Italian side Napoli have confirmed that they are close to signing both Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain and Internacional's Leandro Damaio, despite both players being strongly linked with Premier League clubs.
Higuain was reportedly close to signing for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, whilst Damaio has been repeatedly linked with a move to Tottenham for three seasons now.
However, it now looks like both strikers could be on their way to Italy after Napoli look to replace their star man Edinson Cavani, who joined mega-rich French side Paris Saint-Germain yesterday for a whopping £55m.
Napoli club president Aurelio De Laurentiis had a Twitter session with fans yesterday and one fan asked whether or not the club were close to signing Higuain from Real Madrid and Damaio from Internacional, to which he replied: "It is true".
The president then followed up by revealing the transfer budget Napoli have set aside this summer and admitted that the club are in a healthy place financially.
“The money we got for Cavani was 64.5mil and added to the 60mil we had set aside for the transfer budget there will be 124.5mil to carefully invest on Napoli.
“There are various names on the table, we’re assessing the situation.”
Not only are Napoli close to signing two strikers, they are also in the final stages of signing Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol.
When asked about the defender, De Laurentiis revealed that the player was currently having a medical.
He confirmed: “Raul Albiol is undergoing medical tests. We hope he passes.”
The Italian side are now managed by ex-Chelsea and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.
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