The Italian club will use the money they raised in selling Edinson Cavani to make a big push for Higuain.
Napoli are set to bid more than £30 million for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain as they make a concerted effort to replace Edinson Cavani, Goal.com reports.
Rafa Benitez is desperate to sign a replacement for Cavani as soon as possible following the Uruguayan’s £55 million transfer to Paris St Germain last week.
The Spaniard has identified Higuain as his number one target and is prepared to use a sizeable amount of the transfer fee accrued from the Cavani sale to purchase Higuain.
Arsenal were close to signing Higuain earlier in the transfer window but the move fell through after Real Madrid demanded more money for the Argentine striker.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has since switched his attentions to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez but is still monitoring the situation involving Higuain and may make a renewed bid for the Argentine striker if a move for Suarez falls through.
However, Napoli are now frontrunners in the race to sign Higuain and despite Madrid’s repeated statements that the Argentine striker isn’t for sale, reports suggest the Spanish club will accept an offer of over £30 million for the front-man.
Napoli now look set to bid £31.8 million for the striker and a deal could be completed quickly if negotiations over the players image rights are settled.