Sassuolo refuse to lower their €14m asking price for Sime Vrsaljko, so Napoli turn to Verona’s Jacopo Sala.
The Partenopei consider the Croatian wing-back to be ideal for their new system under Coach Maurizio Sarri.
Negotiations have been dragging on for weeks, but there remains a huge gap between offer and demand.
Sassuolo want €14m for Vrsaljko, while Napoli won’t raise their proposal above €10m.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, they are prepared to pull the plug and look elsewhere.
Napoli have kept Hellas Verona’s 23-year-old Sala on stand-by in case Vrsaljko fell through.
He is a considerably cheaper option at €2.5m and would help build a more Italian identity at the Stadio San Paolo.