Napoli are reportedly standing firm in negotiations with Sevilla for midfielder Gary Medel, even allegedly urging the player to invoke Article 17.
The Chilean has been linked with a move to the Serie A side in the last few weeks as an alternative option to Walter Gargano.
However, negotiations with Sevilla are understood to have failed to progress past the valuation stage, with the Vesuviani offering no more than €5m against the Spaniards’ valuation of €8-10m.
With the 24-year-old midfielder reportedly pressing to leave Sevilla this summer, El Diario de Sevilla allege that Napoli and the player are considering invoking Article 17.
This is a ruling from FIFA that allows any player after a set period in their contract to buy out the remainder of their wages so as to sever ties with their club.
One of the more recent notable examples of a player using this rule is when Sevilla signed Morgan De Sanctis on a free transfer, after he bought out the remainder of his Udinese contract. De Sanctis is now on Napoli’s books.
Medel has been with Sevilla for 18 months, after a mid-season transfer from Boca Juniors in 2011.
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