Monday August 13 2012
Napoli close to Pereira deal

According to reports in Portugal, Napoli are on the verge of completing a move for Porto’s defender Alvaro Pereira.

The Vesuviani, who have signed Alessandro Gamberini this summer and also have a fully fit Miguel Britos to work with in defence, are apparently close to sealing an initial loan move for 26-year-old Uruguayan Pereira.

According to Portuguese publication Correio da manha, Walter Mazzarri’s team have agreed to pay €1m to take the defender [pictured, left] for the next 12 months, with a further agreed fee of €9m due, if Napoli want to make the deal permanent next summer.

Pereira is thought on his way out of the Estadio do Dragao this summer after a fractious few months at the club, including developing a poor relationship with his Coach after protesting at a substitution last season and for having a fight with a teammate during training.