Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain will head to Italy in the coming hours for medical tests before signing with Napoli, Italian media reported Wednesday.
Sky Sport Italia said the French-born Argentine national-team player, who has played for Real Madrid since 2007, was expected to arrive Wednesday in Italy to undergo the exams, while La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Napoli had agreed to pay the Blancos a transfer fee of 40 million euros ($53 million).
La Gazzetta said Higuain, who had not been chosen by coach Carlo Ancelotti for Real Madrid's second pre-season game Wednesday against French club Lyon, had agreed to sign with Napoli through 2018 for 4.5 million euros ($6 million) annually.
Napoli also is waiting on the arrival of Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is to depart England's Liverpool on a temporary loan deal for the 2013-14 season.
The Italian team had expressed interest in Brazilian Julio Cesar, but when that deal fell through it turned its attention to Reina.
If the loan deal is completed, the goalkeeper would join two other Spaniards who signed this offseason with Napoli after competing the past few seasons for Real Madrid: Raul Albiol and Jose Maria Callejon.
They will be playing for Napoli's new manager, Spaniard Rafael Benitez.
Napoli will be in this season's UEFA Champions League competition thanks to coming in second in the Serie A in 2012-13, its best finish since winning its second league title in 1989-90. EFE