Napoli are looking to use a portion of the money garnered from Ezequiel Lavezzi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain to fund a move for Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles.
Meireles, who signed for the Blues on transfer deadline day 18 months earlier, still has three years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge, and after a lacklustre start to the previous season played a huge role in Chelsea’s FA Cup and Champions League double last term.
That success however hasn’t deterred Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri’s hopes of swooping in for the midfielder, who also featured in each of Portugal’s five games as they reached the semifinals of the recently-concluded European Championships.
The Partenopei have already tried making contact with the player’s representatives, but are unlikely to win the services of the 29-year old midfielder unless they increase their offer for the player, which currently stands at £5.6 million, less than half of what Chelsea payed Liverpool for Meireles.
However, it is reported that Mazzarri has other targets that he wants to lay claim to this summer with the £21 million earned from Lavezzi’s sale, and is not ready to reach Chelsea’s astronomical valuation for Meireles.