Napoli could be about to turn their attention to Manchester City's Javi Garcia, after growing increasingly frustrated in their attempts to sign Sandro and Lucas Leiva according to the Daily Star.
The Serie A side are on the hunt for a new midfielder and boss Rafa Benitez wanted the Brazilian duo to join him in Italy. However, there has been a huge lack of progress in negotiations, leading to a change in target for the ex-Liverpool boss.
Sandro fell out of favour last season under Tim Sherwood and it looked like he would be sold for about £15 million this summer. Lucas Leiva also struggled to break into the starting eleven at Liverpool last season, with Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson taking the two midfield positions and it appeared he too would be sold on.
But, according to reports coming from Italy, deals for the two are a long way off. New Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is willing to give Sandro another chance at White Hart Lane, while Brendan Rodgers wants around £15 million for Lucas Leiva, which is more than Napoli are willing to pay for him. Benitez would want to pay just a bit below that amount but no more.
They are now looking to sign Garcia from Manchester City in what could be a £14 million deal, which is less than the £16 million that the Citizens paid for him back in 2012. The Spaniard is another player who has had trouble breaking into the first-team at Man City. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is open to selling him, even more so now that they have secured the signing of Fernando from Porto.
The only other potential problem for Napoli could be the fee for the player. City won't want to sell Garcia for less than the £16m they bought him for, while the Italian side would make an offer of £2 million less than that amount.
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