Argentine national team striker Gonzalo Higuain, now a former Real Madrid player, signed a contract Saturday that immediately makes him a member of the Italian club Napoli, three days after landing in Italy and successfully undergoing a series of medical exams in Rome.

The Italian club officially announced the signing of the soccer star this Saturday in a brief communique and by means of a message on the social network Twitter from the club president, Aurelio de Laurentiis.

The note from Napoli announced only that the striker had been signed up but gave no details about the deal, which, according to Italian media, could only be closed after the Neapolitan club agreed to pay Real Madrid a 40-million-euro ($53-million) transfer fee.

The same sources said the 25-year-old Argentine forward, who weeks ago expressed his plan to leave Real Madrid at the end of this season, had looked forward to signing a contract with Napoli up to 2018 for around 4.5 million euros ($6 million) per season.

Higuain is expected to be formally presented to the Italian media and Napoli's fans on Monday. EFE