Napoli to rival Arsenal, Chelsea & City for French defender

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Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is preparing a January bid for Chelsea, Manchester City - and Arsenal - target Kurt Zouma, reports talkSPORT.

The Saint Etienne defender is one of the most sought-after young players in Europe at the moment, having attracted a number of admiring glances from the Premier League.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been credited with an interest in bringing Zouma to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window reopens, while Manuel Pellegrini is also believed to be an admirer of the France U21 international.

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsene Wenger received a glowing recommendation of the £12million-rated stopper, from chief Gunners scout Gilles Grimandi, and so Arsenal are ready to do battle with Chelsea and Manchester City for the 19-year-old's services at the turn of the year.

The Premier League trio are now facing rival interest in Zouma from Italy, after Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed that he is willing to fund a move for the Ligue 1 prospect.

Saint Etienne manager Christophe Galtier has already conceded that the centre-back might have to be sold if the right offer is received in the New Year, for a player that is currently serving a ban until February, following a horror tackle that broke an opponent's leg.

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