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Napoli confirm Vrsaljko interest as exit now seems likely

Napoli confirm Vrsaljko interest as exit now seems likely

Napoli have confirmed their interest in Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko, who now seems likely to move in January.

It was claimed last week that the Madrid based side have told Arsenal and Napoli that Vrsaljko will not be leaving the club in the January transfer window.

However, Marca countered that report and claimed that the defender has asked to leave the club, maintaining interest from those aforementioned clubs.

Corriere dello Sport reported the news that both the Gunners and the Serie A side are ready to make contact with the Spanish club over a potential deal.

And, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has now confirmed his side’s interest ahead of the upcoming transfer window.

“I spoke to Atletico’s president [Enrique Cerezo] on the phone recently an he told me that he can’t give him to me now, but in June, because they have too many games,” De Laurentiis told Il Mattino.

Having arrived in the Spanish capital last season in a £14m deal from Italian club Sassuolo – the Croatian full-back made his presence known, replacing the experienced Spaniard Juanfran at right back.

However, a knee problem saw him end last season on the sidelines and the form of Juanfran has seen him fail to get back into Diego Simeone’s starting eleven.

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Napoli, who are currently leading the Serie A standings believe the defender can be an adequate replacement for the injured Faouzi Ghoulam and they were keen to tie up a deal in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also keen with Arsene Wenger keen to bolster his defensive options.

Vrsaljko spent a season on loan with Italian side Genoa before moving to Sassuolo and then Atleti.