ROME (REUTERS) - Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain arrived in Italy on Wednesday as Napoli looked to sign the Real Madrid player and Liverpool's Spanish international goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
Italian Serie A runners-up Napoli need a proven marksman to replace last season's Serie A top scorer Edinson Cavani, who was sold to Paris St Germain this month, as they prepare for another assault on the domestic title and a Champions League campaign.
The 25-year-old Higuain, who has also been a target for Premier League side Arsenal, was met by dozens of fans at Rome airport after he arrived in Italy, with local media reports saying the forward was on his way to a Napoli medical check-up.
Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili told a news conference: "When players from Real Madrid come to Napoli, it must be a reason for pride for Napoli and the Italian league."
Reina is likely to lose out to Simon Mignolet, signed from Sunderland last month, as the first-choice stopper at Anfield next season and the 30-year-old would be reunited with his former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez at Napoli.
Reina was photographed before having a medical check-up in Rome. "He is happy to have rediscovered Benitez, with whom he worked very well," Reina's agent Manuel Garcia Quilon was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport's website.