The future of Stevan Jovetic has been one of the most played out sagas in Italy over the course of the summer, still with no resolution.
Fiorentina admit they are open to sell, but only if a club meets their valuation of €30 million.
This has seen Arsenal, a club believed to at one point be close to securing his signature, seemingly walk away in favour of Gonzalo Higuain.
But with talks for the Argentine striker seemingly on hold as negotiations with Real Madrid slow, the latest developments regarding Jovetic may peak the interest of Arsenal fans, who at least must regard him as their most viable alternative.
This week Juventus decided to announce they would 'walk away' from a deal for the time being, claiming that relations between themselves and Fiorentina had become 'difficult'.
Now it appears they have a fresh competitor.
Rafa Benitez is claimed by Naples based newspaper Il Mattino to have made the Montenegrin a top target, cooling off on Leandro Damiao, as he prepares to spend a potential windfall which would be accrued through the expected sale of Edinson Cavani, to a destination yet to be confirmed.
The paper report that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurenitiis and Fiorentina co-owner Andrea della Valle have good relations, which is why Napoli believe they can 'dive in', as the paper quotes, with a proposal of €27 million rather than the €30 million Fiorentina had been adamant on.
This is also because Fiorentina are said to be frustrated with the lack of bids for Jovetic, which has held up their own transfer of Mario Gomez from Bayern Munich, and could yet see the striker go elsewhere.
If successful it would bring to a close one of the more drawn out sagas of the summer, and remove one of Arsenal's back-up options for Higuain, or it could prove simply to be a red herring.
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