Napoli acknowledge Medel interest

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentis has confirmed his club’s interest in signing Sevilla’s Chilean international Gary Medel.

De Laurentis told Toldomercadoweb that the 24-year-old midfielder is 'a player we could be interested in' as the Italians look to cover the possible departure of Uruguayan Walter Gargano.

Sevilla, for their part, appear willing to sell a player they bought from Universidad Catolica for €3m in February 2011, given that they have been hard-hit financially by their non-participation in European competition this season.

President Jose Maria del Nido, who has confirmed the interest in Medel to Italian media, is looking to balance the books and with the player valued at around €8m it would represent a healthy profit for Los Nervionenses, who have also been concerned about his off-the-pitch activities in recent weeks.

Medel – nicknamed Pitbull – was arrested in his native Chile last month after allegedly making threats and threatening to kill somebody outside a supermarket in the capital Santiago, while he was spotted leaving a nightclub at dawn earlier in the month alongside fellow Chilean international Eduardo Vargas – also a Napoli player – whilst preparing for a World Cup 2014 qualifier against Venezuela.

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