Napoli are asking Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi in part-exchange for Raul Albiol, according to Sky Sport Italia.
Valencia are known to be very interested in bringing Albiol ‘home’ to his former club and he will be out of contract in June 2017.
So far the Partenopei have rejected all offers for the centre-back, but that could well change.
Sky Sport Italia claim Napoli will try to use Albiol as bait to secure 24-year-old Mustafi in part-exchange.
The defender was on target for Germany at Euro 2016 and already knows Serie A well, having played for Sampdoria.
Napoli are in the Champions League next season and hope Mustafi can bring some fresh legs to the back four.
“As of today, Raul Albiol remains at Napoli,” agent Manuel Garcia Quilon told calciomercato.com.