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Benitez: ‘We Needed Higuain’

Napoli have completed the signing of Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, and manager Rafael Benitez admitted his side needed a striker of his quality.

Higuain, who scored 107 league goals in six seasons with Real Madrid, becomes the latest addition to Benitez's Napoli squad.

The 25-year-old, who passed a medical with the Serie A club last week, has signed a reported five-year contract at the Stadio San Paolo with reports in Italy suggesting Real have received 40million euros (£34.5million) for the prolific frontman.

"We have signed a player who comes from Real Madrid and we have signed a striker who has scored a hatful of goals and who will adapt very well to our system - an attacking system. We needed a player like this," said Benitez.

"We were looking for a quality player. We were looking for someone playing at the highest level.

"We are all working together to ensure the players we want arrive. We have to sign players who will do well for Napoli for the next three or four years."

Benitez, who succeeded Walter Mazzarri at the San Paolo in June, has already signed winger Dries Mertens from PSV Eindhoven and both forward Jose Callejon and defender Raul Albiol from Real Madrid.

The former Liverpool boss is also now focusing on sealing a season-long loan deal for Reds goalkeeper Jose Reina.

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