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Napoli close in on Swansea striker Michu

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Swansea City striker Michu, is poised to join Serie A giants Napoli, according to reports coming out of Italian, Forza.

The 28-year old Spaniard has been heavily linked to a number of clubs for some time now, and it appears the the Welsh club are resigned to losing their star striker after signing Bafetimbi Gomis on a free transfer from Lyon.

Negotiations 

Reports coming out of Italy are suggesting officials from Swansea and Napoli have been in negotiations for some time now, with the Italian club trying to get the Spaniard on loan and avoid paying the £10 million valuation placed on his head.

Injury prone

Michu has had his fair share of injuries since joining Swansea from Rayo Vallecano for £2 million in 2012, and it is thought that the Welsh club don't want to risk a loan move on this basis.

However Napoli manager Rafa Benitez, realises his attributes in front of goal and is thought to be pushing club officials to meet the valuation.

Medical

If reports are to be believed, the striker has already undergone a medical with the Partenopei, and that Swansea have left for their preseason tour of the United States without the player, who has been left behind to finalise his future.

Neither club have officially confirmed the move, however the latest news does suggest that the striker will not be part of Gary Monk's plans next season.

Higuain speculation

The move by Napoli for Michu and their interest in Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, will reignite the speculation surrounding the future of Gonzalo Higuain, who is still currently on duty with Argentina in the World Cup.

Reports coming out of Spain a few weeks back suggested that new Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique, was going to provide the former Real Madrid striker a spectacular return to La Liga, and an opportunity of teaming up with international team-mate Lionel Messi, after just one season with Napoli.

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Rafa Benitez picked up the Argentinean from Real Madrid for €40 million last summer after he was surplus to requirements under new coach Carlo Ancelotti.

During his first season in Italy, he found the back of the net on 17 occasions in the League, helping his new team to third in Serie A and Champions League football, which makes one wonder why Napoli would want to sell their star man.

Proven goalscorer

In football, money talks, and if Enrique wants to get his top target this summer, Barcelona would need to fork out around €50 million.

Higuain had apparently agreed terms with the Catalan giants and now it is down to Barcelona sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, to sit down with Napoli chairman, Aurelio de Laurentiis, who has a reputation of being an extremely tough negotiator.

De Laurentiis wants to keep his star man but in football, money talks, and if Enrique wants the Argentine international, Barcelona would need to fork out around €50 million.

The question bodes, will Barcelona still press ahead considering they are currently locked in negotiations with Liverpool to bring Luis Suarez to the Camp Nou for close to €80 million?

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