FIFA agent Giacomo Petralito claims Napoli are ahead of Arsenal in the race for Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
The two clubs already did battle this summer over Gonzalo Higuain, with the Italians getting the Real Madrid hitman.
Now they are again engaging in a transfer market duel for Brazilian star Luiz Gustavo, whose price-tag is €18m.
“The way I see the situation, Napoli are not a club you can turn down,” the FIFA agent based in Germany told TMW.
Petralito regularly acts as a go-between for negotiations between Bundesliga clubs and overseas sides.
“Even if it meant reducing your wages by 10 per cent, Napoli remain the top choice. It’s not just for Rafa Benitez, but for the importance of the city and the project being developed.
“Luiz Gustavo is a very important player who would suit any club in Italy, not just Napoli. However, the Partenopei already have three midfielders of a good quality, so they’d have to sell one.
“I can say the stories claiming Luiz Gustavo has a clause worth €18m in his contract is absolutely false. There is no clause and that sum is simply the asking price Bayern have decided on. He is clearly on the market after Pep Guardiola’s arrival.”