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Soccer: Napoli land Albiol from Real, in talks for Higuain

Club has 124.5-mn-euro transfer budget after Cavani sale

Soccer: Napoli land Albiol from Real, in talks for Higuain

Naples, July 17 - Chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis said Wednesday that Napoli were buying Spain defender Raul Albiol from Real Madrid and added that he was in talks to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from the Spanish giants. De Laurentiis also confirmed he was trying to land Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao from Internacional of Porto Alegre and revealed that the club had a 124.5-million-euro transfer budget after the sale of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain. When asked by a fan via Twitter what he would do with the money raised from the Cavani move, De Laurentiis replied that "64.5 (from the transfer) plus the 60 million I'd put in the budget make 124.5 to invest in Napoli with diligence and experience". As regards 27-year-old Albiol, De Laurentiis said "he's doing the medical (for the transfer). Let's hope he passes".

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