Thursday April 28 2011
Napoli prepare bid for Almiron

Napoli will start negotiations with Bari to purchase a 50 per cent stake in Sergio Almiron, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 30-year-old playmaker is considered a valid alternative to Gokhan Inler, Napoli's No 1 choice for a central midfield role.

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has offered €10m for the Switzerland international only to discover that Udinese are holding out for a figure closer to €15m.

Almiron represents a cheaper option. Bari were relegated at the weekend and their financial problems mean that a sale is on the cards.

The Argentine has also expressed his desire to leave the San Nicola after falling out with his teammates.

He is co-owned by Juventus, but a return to Turin is distinctly unlikely.

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