Madrid defender interesting Napoli

Serie A giants Napoli are pondering a move for Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

Boss Rafael Benitez needs cover on his left flank when Faouzi Ghoulam goes to the African Nations Cup and is hoping to be reunited with the Spanish international [pictured, left], who he worked with when in charge at Liverpool.

Arbeloa is no longer part of Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at the Santiago Bernabeu, with his contract due to expire next June, and Los Blancos may be ready to listen to any reasonable offers for him.

The 31-year-old, who has spent five years in the Spanish capital following his €6m transfer from Anfield, is understood to be open to a move to Italy and will await developments in January.

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