Tuesday February 12 2013
Diakite had Russian option

The agent of Napoli-bound Modibo Diakite has revealed that the player has rejected a lucrative offer from Russia.

The defender is on his way out of Lazio given that his contract with the capital club will expire at the end of the season.

“Diakite has turned down an important bid from Russia,” Ulisse Savini told Tuttosport. “The technical project takes precedence over the economic aspect.”

The stopper is of interest to a number of clubs across Europe, but it seems that the Azzurri are in pole position for him.

“We’ll be very happy if talks with Napoli end positively,” the representative continued. “There has been a phone call with Napoli and we’ll talk about it next week.

“The interest is there, but we can’t say that it is done until pen has been put to paper.”

Reports suggest that the 25-year-old will sign a four-year deal worth €900,000 a season at the Stadio San Paolo.

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