NAPOLI NEWS

Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez says his side are still targeting a second placed finish in Serie A this season, though concedes it will be hard.
Napoli’s Marek Hamsik has called on his side to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat to Fiorentina to secure Champions League qualification.
Calciomercato are reporting that Napoli and Barcelona have agreed a deal for Javier Mascherano to be transferred to the Azzurri.
Fiorentina have released a statement regarding striker Mario Gomez’s latest injury concerns.
Napoli are set to be without midfielder Dries Mertens for the next seven days, according to reports in the Italian Press.
Ezequiel Lavezzi has admitted that he wields less influence at Paris Saint-Germain than he did at Napoli.
Walter Mazzarri could be set to reunite with former Napoli colleague Christian Maggio, it has been claimed.
Rafa Benitez admits “it is more difficult now” for second place, but felt Napoli “were still better with 10 men” than Fiorentina.
Vincenzo Montella said Fiorentina “must believe in third place” after beating Napoli at the San Paolo.
A late Joaquin header gave Fiorentina victory at the San Paolo after Faouzi Ghoulam left Napoli with 10 men for almost an hour.
It’s a head-to-head between third and fourth, as Napoli host Fiorentina in an early taster of the Coppa Italia Final.
Napoli are reportedly preparing a bid for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, whose contract expires in 2015.
Vincenzo Montella acknowledges that the three games to play in the next week for Fiorentina are key, whilst concerns over energy can be put to one side.
Arrigo Sacchi says he hopes Lorenzo Insigne makes the World Cup, even if he acknowledges the Napoli man can improve.
Rafa Benitez believes that Napoli will be ready to take advantage of any slip-up Roma have in their race for second place in Serie A.
Antonio Cassano says he is ‘ready to do anything to go to Brazil’, as he accepts and is grateful for Cesare Prandelli’s challenge.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has urged Italian sides to impress in Europe, in a bid to up Serie A’s coefficient.
The agent of Porto midfielder Fernando denied suggestions that Napoli have been in contact with his client.
Napoli will look to sign Roberto Soldado should Gonzalo Higuain leave the club at the end of the season.
Henrique hopes to stay at Napoli for years and thanked Coach Rafa Benitez for the opportunity.