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New Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has said that it was an easy decision to bring in Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. He has become one of the costliest transfers in Italian football this summer after sealing a £ 35 million move to Napoli. He will be the replacement for Edinson Cavani, who left the club in the £ 55 million deal to PSG a few weeks ago. Higuain was initially linked with Arsenal, but it was Napoli who managed to complete the deal as a result of taking little time in negotiations. Arsenal were thought to have agreed personal terms with the player, but they left it too late negotiating with Real Madrid.
Higuain arrives in Italy with a big reputation of being a consistent goalscorer. He has been at Real Madrid since 2006. He has regularly found the back of the net for the Spanish club, but it has not really endeared him to the managers. He has often found himself on the substitutes bench, which was a major reason behind his move away from the Santiago Bernabeu. The 25-year-old is thought to have been promised by Napoli that the team will be built around him. Benitez has praised the new signing by saying that he has the lot.
“We had an idea he was one of our targets, but we thought it was difficult because of all the comments about 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,” said Benitez. Interestingly, Higuain will be coming up against Arsenal in the Emirates cup.
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Gabriel Batistuta is regarded as one of the finest players to have graced the Italian league. There have been several players who have been compared with the Argentine, but have failed to reach the same heights as him. Sampdoria striker Mauro Icardi is the latest to be regarded in the same breath as Batistuta. In fact, the player himself has said that he is similar to Batistuta in many regards. The Sampdoria striker came through last season with leaps and bounds by scoring 10 goals in the league. The 20-year-old is widely expected to join Inter Milan before the start of the new season.
Inter Milan manager Walter Mazzarri is thought to have made him as his key transfer target, and the deal could be done and announced in the next few days. The player has said that the comparisons with Batistuta have put a lot of weight on his shoulders, but he is confident that he will be able to match those comparisons. Even though Batistuta did not shine during his short spell with Inter Milan, he is regarded as one of the best strikers to have played in the Italian Serie A. His record of 300 goals in just 516 matches remains as one of the best even several years after his retirement.
Mauro Icardi has been at Sampdoria for the last two seasons.
“I think I’m a lot like Gabriel Batistuta. People compare me to Batistuta and he is the player I base myself on. I think I’m a lot like him, too. I would love to win as much as he did. I have great technique, a good shot and I’m pretty good in the air,” said the 20-year-old in a recent interview. The player came through the ranks at Barcelona before joining Sampdoria 2008 as a youth player.
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