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Italian club Napoli are winning the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo, according to FIFA agent Giacomo Petralito.

The Serie side is reportedly interested in a move for the Brazilian and are set to outmuscle Arsenal to Gustavo's signature after already beating the Premier League club to the signature of Gonzalo Higuain earlier this summer.

Bayern are demanding around £17 million for their midfielder and though reports suggest Arsenal have tabled a bid of the desired amount, a deal is far from over with Petralito claiming Napoli's project is more enticing for the player.

"The way I see the situation, Napoli are not a club you can turn down," he told TMW.

"Even if it meant reducing your wages by 10 per cent, Napoli remain the top choice. It's not just for Rafa Benitez, but for the importance of the city and the project being developed.

"Luiz Gustavo is a very important player who would suit any club in Italy, not just Napoli. However, the Partenopei already have three midfielders of a good quality, so they'd have to sell one."

Gustavo has attracted attention from a lot of clubs throughout Europe this summer after being made surplus to requirements at Munich after the arrival of Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara to the Allianz Arena this summer.

Bayern have already confirmed that Gustavo has offers from England, Spain, Russia and Germany before adding that "the player has not made a decision, yet."

Gustavo is open to an exit from the Bundesliga champions and was quoted on ESPN as saying: "I'm assessing the best option. It's a delicate situation. I'll go somewhere where I'll play."

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has now entered the race to the Brazilian star's signature with the guarantee of Champions League football, which Arsenal cannot.

However, a bidding war is unlikely for the 26-year-old as Die Roten are willing to sell the player as early as possible and the club which meets the demands of both Munich and the player earlier is set to clinch the signature of the Brazilian star.


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