Arsenal move for 'Fabregas replacement' hits the buffers - reports

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Marek Hamsik will be staying with Napoli this summer, according to Walter Mazzarri, despite the midfielder being strongly linked with Arsenal.

"Marek is happy to work with me and he is very motivated," Partenopei coach Mazzarri told Gazzetta dello Sport. "He is happy to remain here.

"I have spoken to him and from what I know, in the end he will not leave." reports that Arsenal had identified Hamsik as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabrgeas, as the Spaniard's future at the Emirates Stadium hangs in the balance.

In what is becoming an increasingly tiresome transfer saga, the Arsenal skipper is wanted by boyhood club Barcelona but the Gunners are still awaiting an acceptable offer for the Catalan giants.


Fabregas is thought to have once again outlined to Arsene Wenger his desire to leave Arsenal for the Nou Camp, with the Gunners boss keen to resolve the situation prior to the start of the new season.

It has been suggested that Arsenal would be willing to sell Fabregas this summer, but only if their valuation is met - reported to be somewhere close to £50 million.

Hamsik, meanwhile, would be able to fill the void that Fabregas' departure would leave, while Manchester United and AC Milan have been credited with interest in the 23-year-old Slovakia international.

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