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Real Madrid target £23.5m deal for Arsenal target

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Real Madrid have met with Napoli officials to discuss a summer transfer for left-back Juan Camilo Zuniga, reports talkSPORT.

Arsenal were strongly linked with a move for the Colombian international as speculation regarding his future reached fever pitch as his contract entered it's final year.

Arsene Wenger was believed to be keen on the left-back to provide suitable competition for Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal.

Napoli eventually tied Zuniga down to a new £60,000-a-week, five year deal, but whilst the Gunners' interest has died down in recent weeks, Real Madrid remain keen on bringing him to the Bernabeu.

Spanish TV show Punto Pelota are reporting that officials from the Spanish capital flew to southern Italy to have talks with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Zuniga's agent Riccardo Calleri to discuss the possibility of a potential transfer once the current season has finished.

Real Madrid are keen to offload Portuguese Fabio Coentrao and believe that they can reap as much as £12m from his sale. Both Tottenham and Manchester United are thought to be interested but Fiorentina are favourites.

The La Liga giants are prepared to plough all of the funds from that sale in to a £23.5m deal for Zuniga.

The 27-year-old was also thought to be attracting interest from their La Liga rivals Barcelona but the meeting between Real Madrid and Napoli will no doubt put them as favourites to land the coveted Colombian.

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