Napoli will start negotiations with Bari to purchase a 50 per cent stake in Sergio Almiron, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 30-year-old playmaker is considered a valid alternative to Gokhan Inler, Napoli's No 1 choice for a central midfield role.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has offered €10m for the Switzerland international only to discover that Udinese are holding out for a figure closer to €15m.
Almiron represents a cheaper option. Bari were relegated at the weekend and their financial problems mean that a sale is on the cards.
The Argentine has also expressed his desire to leave the San Nicola after falling out with his teammates.
He is co-owned by Juventus, but a return to Turin is distinctly unlikely.