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Report - Benitez to rival Chelsea for £24 million Premier League star

Italian reports suggest Rafa Benitez is ready to lure Maraoune Fellaini to Napoli this summer.

Since Rafa Benitez was confirmed as the new manager of Serie A runners-up Napoli there has been a plethora of transfer rumours linking him with using his Premier League connections to bring in new talent.

The likes of Lucas Leiva, Ramires, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Thomas Vermaelen have all recently been linked with the Campania based club in recent days.

Now however one that could actually happen appears to have come to light.

Everton midfielder Maraoune Fellaini is widely believed to be a potential transfer deal waiting to happen this summer. He has previously vented his desire to play in the Champions League; and despite claiming he would not seek a move this summer it is widely reported he would depart for a team playing in Europe’s premier competition.

The 25-year-old Belgium international has been linked with a £24 million move from Goodison Park to Stadio San Paolo in the Italian paper Corriere dello Sport.

The gangly utility man has been linked with several clubs over the past few months; including Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United; a deal that would see him follow David Moyes to Old Trafford.

But another team widely credited with an interest in his services has been Rafa Benitez’s former employers Chelsea.

They are believed to be in the market for a new central midfielder and see the utilisation of Fellaini in his favoured deep-lying midfield role as the perfect option.

But their former interim boss might just now be able to get an early piece of payback for his treatment whilst in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The fans at the club never took to the Spaniard until a slight thaw in relations due to the success he brought under extreme and bizarre circumstances.

So it would be great for Benitez to get one over on his former reluctant employers by luring Fellaini to Italy rather than West London this summer.

And considering Napoli are already in the Champions League next season; it would be the perfect opportunity for Fellaini to get what he wants.

Would Napoli be a good location for Maraoune Fellaini?

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