Napoli join race for Manchester Unied & Arsenal goalkeeper target

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Manchester United and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Federico Marchetti after Napoli joined the race to sign the Lazio goalkeeper this summer.

TalkSPORT reports how the 31-year-old has attracted attention from a host of European clubs, following an impressive three-year spell at Stadio Olimpico.

The former Cagliari stopper has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Manchester United monitoring Marchetti's situation closely.

Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a replacement for the soon to be departing Lukasz Fabianski, as he aims to bring in competition for current Gunners No.1 Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates Stadium.

The Red Devils have also been mooted as admirers of the Italy international, as they find themselves in a similar situation to Arsenal, with question marks surrounding the long-term future of back-up custodian Anders Lindegaard.

David De Gea has impressed between the sticks for Manchester United this season, but the club will need to bring in a new understudy if the Danish goalkeeper departs Old Trafford in the summer.

Marchetti is viewed as a realistic option for both English suitors, but they'll now face a serious fight to secure his services after Rafa Benitez emerged as a rival contender for the player's signature.

Napoli had been expected to complete a permanent move for on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, but after suggestions that the deal has fallen through, other prospective targets are being sounded out at Stadio San Paolo.

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