Thursday January 11 2018
Deulofeu close to Napoli move

Gerard Deulofeu’s agent spent Wednesday in Naples in an attempt to process his move to Napoli from Barcelona, claims reports.

Gines Carvajal – Deulofeu’s representative – was in discussions with the Serie A highfliers with a move thought to be close, report Sky Sport Italia.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Napoli are trying to convince Barça to lower their asking price to €15-16m for the versatile forward, who only rejoined the Catalan giants in a €12m deal from Everton this summer.

It follows on from reports in Diario Sport and El Mundo Deportivo that the 23-year-old is set for a January exit with a move to Italy the most likely outcome.

The winger is no longer required at Camp Nou after the Blaugrana sanctioned a deal worth €160m for Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool with the club seem to sell several first-team squad players to free up funds.

Indications had signalled Deulofeu favoured a move to Inter but the Milanese giants are reportedly only offering an initial loan with an option to buy, rather than a direct, permanent deal.

The fee the Naples-based club are reportedly paying is ‘in excess of €15m’, meaning the Catalan club will make a profit within six months on their own youth product.

Deulofeu has experience in Serie A with a successful six-month loan spell at Milan last term.

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