Bizarre clause could see Arsenal miss out on Napoli star

Arsenal may find it very difficult to get their hands on Napoli defender and holding player Juan Camilo Zuniga.

The 27-year-old Colombian star has been linked with the North London club, with his contract due to expire next summer which would subsequently make him available on a free transfer.

However, it’s another side reportedly interested, Barcelona, who may be about to gain the advantage in the race to get the player with a bizarre agreement with his current side Napoli.

Zuniga will reportedly extend his current deal with the Serie A side beyond next summer, including a clause that will allow Barcelona first refusal to buy him for a fee of around £12.5 million.

The Italian press have suggested that a new five-year deal will be worth £60,000 per week and the value of the new deal could be the reason for the rather odd stipulation in the deal.

It’s not impossible that Barcelona have agreed to move for him, with the player keen to sign a new deal which would naturally lead to a higher fee for Napoli because he’d be worth more to his current side.

Barca will be given five-years to activate the clause and if they sign him when he’s well into his 30s, it would be a major surprise considering the young talent the Spanish champions could attract and have available.

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As far as Arsenal are concerned, it means the Gunners will have to seriously up the ante for the player if Wenger wants to secure the services of the versatile defensive player.

If the new contract goes through and that clause is accurate then Arsenal will have to put a seriously big offer on the table for the player.

Considering there are other, higher profile and potentially more exciting deals Wenger could go after, it would seem bizarre if Arsenal tried to go over the top of the clause with an offer that may have to be the other side of £15 million.

Barcelona and Napoli have clearly agreed something, which has led to the clause and it’s now down to Arsenal whether they want to get stuck in or let the potential deal pass.

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