Manchester United & Chelsea target Hamsik will only leave if he asks to

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Manchester United and Chelsea will have no chance and will not be able to table a bid big enough to convince Napoli to sell one of their prized assets, as he will only leave if he asks to.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport are running with quotes from Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis where he admits there is interest Marek Hamsik, but insists that the playmaker has built up such a connection with the club's fans that the only way he would accept a sale is if the player himself demanded it. This could be something of a blow to Manchester United and Chelsea, as both clubs were credited with an interest in making a summer move for Hamsik, with a £33million price tag mooted.

However, it appears as if David Moyes and Jose Mourinho will have to hope for the 26-year-old to take on a proactive role if there is any hope of him making a move to either of Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge. De Laurentiis was adamant that no bid would be sufficient to activate a sale and that any transfer would have to be down to a personal decision on the part of Hamsik.

"Hamsik has identified with the city, becoming Neapolitan. He is not for sale unless he asks to leave, but I do not think he wants to," he said in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss.

Manchester United already made the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea in January to address creativity issues in the side, so interest in an attacking central midfielder like Hamsik could be puzzling to some. However, the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have all failed to regularly provide supply to the strikers this season and Hamsil could be seen as a possible replacement for one of them.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have an abundance of highly-talented attacking midfielders for Jose Mourinho in the form of Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Oscar. However, reports recently emerged that the latter's future at Stamford Bridge may be under threat and Hamsik could be a contingency should the Brazil international leave.

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