Serie A side Napoli have become the third big club to be linked to Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, for a potential move this summer, reported The Daily Express.
Manager Rafael Benitez has been instructed to strengthen the side to present a greater fight for the league title this season, whilst also ensuring a better European campaign for the club. The Spaniard also has President Aurelio De Laurentiis by his side, who wouldnâ€™t hesitate to take major decisions for the greater good of the club.
Reports suggest that the boss has identified Koscielny as a key defensive target for the summer and would like to land him at the Stadio San Paolo at the earliest. It is further believed that the club might be looking forward to fund a deal for the Frenchman with returns from the transfer of their star forward Edinson Cavani, who reportedly has a buyout clause of Â£53m and already has a host of suitors hot on his trail. The Naples side might then even consider a substantial bid for the Â£13m rated Koscielny, so as to gain an upper hand over Barcelona and Bayern Munich, both of whom are also interested in the services of the 27 year old Frenchman.
KoscielnyÂ had recently hinted ar a move away from North London by stating clearly that he wanted the club to show more ambition in its pursuits for success. He was quoted telling Eurosport: “It is hard to not win titles year after year. We are competitors, professionals, we want to win. I want to add to my list of achievements. If Arsenal cannot allow me that, I’ll seek a move elsewhere.” However, latest reports suggest that the Frenchman might have decided upon staying at the Emirates for the next season, underlining his commitment to the club.
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would no doubt wish to hold back the 27 year old. Koscielny has been formidable in defence for the club and has played a major role in his sideâ€™s fightback last season, to qualify for the Champions League, after a disappointing start to their domestic campaign. The boss would no doubt be perturbed by the growing interest in Koscielny and would like to keep his man.
However, it looks pretty unlikely that the player might prefer a move to Italy, with the World Cup just a year away. The Frenchman might take a bit of time to get used to the gameplay in any league and he wouldnâ€™t wish to experiment with it, thus endangering his high hopes of cementing his place in the Les Bleus team.