El Pipita to replace El Matador?

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed Napoli's interest in Gonzalo Higuain during a marathon Twitter Q&A on Wednesday.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis spent nearly all of Wednesday answering fans' questions on Twitter. During the Q&A, De Laurentiis insisted that Napoli will be a better team next season, despite losing Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain, and will have €124m to spend on new players. De Laurentiis then confirmed Napoli's interest in Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain.

When asked directly about reports of Napoli's interest in the Argentine, De Laurentiis said that the azzurri are looking into a possible deal with the Spanish club, but knows they would have to compete with Chelsea, who are also interested in Pipita. De Laurentis then added that Rafa Benitez likes Brazilian striker Damiao, and thinks he would fit well in his team, suggesting that perhaps Higuain isn't Napoli's priority, or at least that they have more than one option to replace El Matador.

It would seem that Damiao is a more realistic option for Napoli than Higuain, although both carry high price tags. The rumors of Higuain joining Arsenal have been circulating for weeks, and if Chelsea are also interested, it is hard to believe he'll join Napoli. But some unexpected dealings have already occurred in this transfer window, so it's possible Pipita just might end up in Naples after all.

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