Napoli are reportedly considering a move for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain and have already contacted the player’s agent.
The Argentine is seen as on the market this summer after declaring his intentions on the last day of last season to leave the club.
Whilst Juventus held early negotiations with the 25-year-old’s representatives and then with Madrid, it was believed that Arsenal had tied up a deal just over a week ago for €27m.
However, on from reports that a fee with the Gunners has not been agreed and that Carlo Ancelotti wants to use Madrid’s first week of preseason, this week, to convince the player to stay, speculation has dropped in recent days.
Reports in Italy, though, suggest that Napoli, in set to lose Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain, are considering a move for Higuain.
Sky Sport Italia believe that the Serie A side are ready to invest as much as €30m to try and sign the forward.
Meanwhile, the Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that officials at the San Paolo have already made contact with Higuain’s representatives to ascertain his interest and also discuss specifics of a deal including image rights.
However, it is also seen on the peninsula that Madrid’s valuation of the player has been pushed up to €40m, and that competition for his signature may come from former Blancos boss Jose Mourinho and his new team Chelsea.