Transfer news

Albiol completes Napoli move

July 21, 2013
By ESPN staff

Napoli have confirmed the signing of Spain international Raul Albiol from Real Madrid.

Raul Albiol
GettyImagesAlbiol signed for Real Madrid in 2009.

Albiol, 27, has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A club.

The centre-back had moved to the Bernabeu from Valencia in 2009 but found himself behind Sergio Ramos, Pepe and, more recently, Raphael Varane in the pecking order.

A statement on the Italian side’s official website read: “Napoli have formally completed the purchase of Raul Albiol. The 27-year-old Spanish defender arrives from Real Madrid and signed a four-year contract.”

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has already spent significant funds on Dries Mertens from PSV Eindhoven and Jose Callejon from Madrid, and has hinted that Internacional striker Leandro Damiao could follow. Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed there is an interest in Gonzalo Higuain.

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is also likely to move to Naples on a season-long loan as the Partenopei, having finished runners-up last season, look to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto under their new coach.

De Laurentiis has revealed that €124.5 million - aided by the sale of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain - is available to spend this summer.

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