Wednesday July 23 2014
Napoli pounce on Javi Garcia

Italian media claim Napoli are making a bid for troubled Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia.

The Spaniard is in the balance, as Man City risk bursting through the limits on non-homegrown players.

Alvaro Negredo had been the most likely to leave for Atletico Madrid, but any transfer involving him will now have to wait, as a fractured metatarsal is ruling him out for several months.

That means the sacrificed figure will be Javi Garcia and Napoli are ready to pounce on the 27-year-old.

City paid £15.8m to take him from Benfica two years ago and he’d come to the San Paolo as an alternative to first choices Christoph Kramer and Mario Suarez.

Tellingly, Javi Garcia’s agent is Manuel Garcia Quilon, who also represents Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez.