Napoli are set to press ahead with a move for German star Christoph Kramer after being priced out of a deal to bring Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Italy, according to the Express.
It's been suggested that the Italian outfit, who are managed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, are keen to bring Bayer Leverkusen ace Kramer to the club in the January transfer window.
Moving to Italy
And it appears that the Leverkusen man is ready to move to the Serie A, with the player's agent having already hinted that a move to Napoli could be on the cards.
Speaking about Kramer, Emanuele Marchetti told reporters:
"For the moment he is very happy and settled in Germany. If things changed, Napoli would be one of the first clubs to be informed."
This news, then, will come as a major blow to Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool, who have both been tracking the 23-year-old of late. In fact, the same reported has suggested that both sides were preparing bids in the region of £12 million for the player's services in the winter window.
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It now appears that Napoli now lead the race to sign the midfield star, but it remains to be seen as to whether Arsenal or Liverpool step up their interest in him anytime soon.
One thing that does appear certain, however, is that Fellaini, who only joined the Red Devils from Everton just over one year ago, is set to remain at Old Trafford beyond the end of the upcoming transfer window.
Fellaini struggled in his debut season at the club, however he's impressed of late under Dutch manager Louis van Gaal. The Belgian international will now be hoping to continue his fine run of form this weekend as United play host to Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Manchester United will be desperate to secure all three points as they go in search of climbing the Premier League table. Arsenal and Liverpool will also be in action as the Gunners travel to the Stadium of Light on Sunday to take on Sunderland, whilst Liverpool play host to table-toppers Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday lunch time.