Napoli have plenty of cash in their pockets after selling Edinson Cavani, with owner Aurelio De Laurentiis announcing that the club have €124m available to spend on potential new transfers. So is it really surprising that the partenopei appear poised to pay €37m for Gonzalo Higuaín?
For the past month, it's seemed Arsenal were in pole position to net the Argentine striker, but the Gunners aren't prepared to spend even €30m. Juventus were even more stingy, only offering Real Madrid €22m to secure Higuaín's services. But now that Napoli are positively flush with cash, and desperate to find a Cavani replacement, they'll overpay for Pipita.
But it's still uncertain whether Real Madrid wish to sell. New boss Carlo Ancelotti, who wants to keep Higuaín, has denied there's a deal in place with the Italian club. Higuaín himself is said to favor a move to Arsenal. So even if Napoli has the pen poised over their checkbook, they still might lose out on this one.