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Reina and Higuain pass Napoli tests

GONZALO HIGUAIN and Jose Reina have passed medicals at Napoli and will be presented to the ambitious Serie A club's fans on Monday, according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Real Madrid striker Higuain, 25, is on the verge of signing a reported five-year contract at the Stadio San Paolo for a €40million (£34.5m) fee while Liverpool goalkeeper Reina, 30, prepares to reunite with his former Reds manager Rafael Benitez on a season-long loan deal.

The duo were pictured heading for medicals at Rome's Villa Stuart sport clinic and Azzurri president De Laurentiis has taken to Twitter to confirm a successful outcome for both players.

He wrote: "Higuain and Reina have passed their medicals and will soon join the rest of the group.

"On Monday there will be a big party at the San Paolo. You will be able to get to know the new players and the new shirts."

Should the moves go through, Higuain and Reina could appear for Napoli against Arsenal in next month's Emirates Cup.

The pre-season event is being hosted by the Gunners on the weekend of August 3-4. Porto and Galatasaray will also contest the tournament.

A report in Italy yesterday showed Higuain wearing a Napoli scarf at Rome's Fiumicino Airport.

Meanwhile, Reina's agent Manuel Garcia Quilon said: "He's happy to reunite with Benitez because he's known him for over five years from their time in Spain and England, and they worked very well together."

Napoli have already signed winger Dries Mertens from PSV Eindhoven and both forward Jose Callejon and defender Raul Albiol from the Spanish capital club as the Serie A runners-up rebuild for another title challenge.


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