Wednesday, 16th October, 2013

Napoli could yet be hankering for a swoop of Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Marco Verratti despite the Italian signing a contract extension.

Verratti was subject to much interest from Fiorentina as well as from Real Madrid, but it was Napoli that allegedly came calling with a "monstrous offer", according to the player's agent at the time.


Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had, at the time, denied any such offer was present, while PSG tied him down to a contract extension and seemingly consider him the "centre of their project".

However, responding to a question on Twitter of whether he would consider bringing Verratti to Italy, De Laurentiis today said: "Verratti is a great player. I think everyone would like to have him in the team."


The Napoli chief also urged caution from the fans, especially with a whole host of names linked for winter transfers thanks to the club's summer spending spree.

One name continually doing the rounds has been Barcelona's Javier Mascherano, and Napoli manager Rafael Benitez had today hinted at an arrival.

However, De Laurentiis adopted a more careful approach, adding: "Our squad is complete and Benitez has been increasingly using them all.

"Our market, as I've said before, is always open and our scouts are quick to suggest solutions to our coach.

"But we must have patience and we must also focus on the growth of young players, so as to increase Napoli's value."

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