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Arsenal face competition from Napoli for Sime Vrsaljko

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Both Inter Milan and Napoli are set to rival Arsenal for the signature of young Croatian Sime Vrsaljko, reports talkSPORT.

The 21-year-old only joined Serie A side Genoa in July but has since impressed the Red and Blues, attracting to interest of Arsene Wenger in the process.

Vrsaljko is highly regarded in his native Croatia and is widely considered to be one of the brightest prospects to come out of the country in years.

As a right-back Vrsaljko has been earmarked as a long-term replacement for Bacary Sagna at the Emirates, who's current contract expires in the summer.

But Arsenal are likely to face competition for the player after talkSPORT reported that both Napoli and Inter Milan are keeping tabs on the player.

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is willing to offer as much as £8.5m to test to resolve of Serie A rivals Genoa.

Meanwhile Inter, backed by new majority shareholder Erick Thohir, have grand plans for investment in the transfer window and could prove hard to beat when it comes to price.

At 6ft 1in, Vrsaljko cuts the figure of an imposing defender but his versatility seems to know no bounds.

A technically gifted player, Vrsaljko has featured in all manner of positions during his career including left-back, central-midfield and on the right wing.

Such versatility makes it easy to see why Arsenal manager Wenger is reportedly interested in the player.

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