Hamsik agent opens transfer door

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The agent of highly-rated Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik has opened the door to his client leaving the club in Italy.

Hamsik was linked with a move to England in January, with Mino Raiola encouraging Chelsea to make an offer for the player alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona, hinting that the Azzurri would accept a substantial bid.

Manchester United and Manchester City have also reportedly targeted the Slovakian international in recent months, with £20 million touted as the figure needed to lure the player away from Serie 'A' back in September.

Liverpool were also being linked with a move to take the player from the Stadio San Paolo 12 months ago, but Kenny Dalglish is no longer thought to have an interest in the player, whose future is far from certain.

The same is thought to be true of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who was linked with a move in the summer but has no longer been mentioned as a potential suitor.

That's the suggestion from Raiola at least, who hinted that the state of football in Italy is one of the reasons Hamsik hasn't signed a new deal and could be considering a move.

"I have my ideas about the renewal of Hamsik. Marek has not yet signed," he told

"The Italian league is becoming poorer, I'm preparing kids for the future, if the policy does not change and you have the same stadiums, I see things becoming difficult."

A move in January was never a realistic option, given Napoli's involvement in the Champions League, but the summer now looks like a possibility if the situation doesn't change.

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