Nearly two months following Real Madrid's final match of the 2012/13 campaign where Gonzalo Higuaín made his intention to leave the Spanish capital known, the player finally has found his landing spot. A €35 million agreement to join Napoli is expected to be announced soon according to ABC. Napoli, led by new manager Rafa Benitez, will have completed a trifecta of Real Madrid signings after having already acquired José Maria Callejón and Raúl Albiol if the agreement is indeed made official.
In the last few hours, negotiations between the three parties of Real Madrid, Napoli and the player himself have been taking shape. According to sources close to the negotiations, the ordeal could be finalized this very night barring any snag in the final details of the agreement between the clubs.
Madridistas have been bracing for this news for quite some time now. The player's own announcement of his impending departure came way back in May and was covered in person by Managing Madrid's Lucas Navarrete. My own brief, heartfelt farewell followed.
The irony, of course, is that Gonzalo Higuaín's final goal came in effortless fashion in Sunday's preseason friendly at AFC Bournemouth, a match in which the favored Karim Benzema squandered point-blank opportunities in the first half alongside the stronger section of the Madrid squad. Nothing is official yet, so let's keep that in mind. But it certainly seems imminent, so here's to hoping that Pipita has much success in his future endeavors and that the light will come on for Karim Benzema this coming season.
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