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Rafa Benitez delighted to beat Arsenal to Higuain

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Napoli manager Rafael Benitez was not so sure of clinching Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain's signing amid interest from Arsenal, and was surprised by the quick conclusion to the deal.

Arsenal had been in negotiations with Real Madrid to bring Higuain to the Emirates long before Napoli had entered the fray and had even reportedly agreed personal terms with the player.

But Arsene Wenger's reluctance to match Madrid's asking price for the player had been stalling the deal from being concluded - and Napoli swooped in to prise the player away to the San Paolo.

"We had an idea he was one of our targets, but we thought it was difficult because of all the comments about Arsenal," said Benitez ahead of Saturday's Emirates Cup match against Arsenal.

"In terms of the decision to do the deal, it was quite quick. It was an easy decision for me. He's a great player.

"I told the chairman that I liked the player, so the technical director and the chairman, they were quick and after we signed the player [I was] really pleased because he is a top class player."

Higuain joined the Serie A club recently in a £34.5 million deal to replace Edinson Cavani who moved to Paris Saint-Germain as the lead striker for the Partenopei.

The Premier League side experienced first-hand what they missed out on in their 2-2 draw with Napoli in a pre-season freindly at the Emirates last Saturday, but the fans did not care much as he was subjected to boos when he was introduced into the game.

 

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