Two reasons why Napoli won't sell Marek Hamsik to Manchester United - report

According to Calciomercato, Napoli won’t be waving goodbye to Marek Hamsik this summer for two reasons.

Yesterday, we brought you a report from Tutto Mercato Web detailing two routes Manchester United could take to sign Napoli’s Marek Hamsik.

The Italian website somewhat sensationally claimed the Red Devils are considering offering either €31m for the Slovakian playmaker, or €15m plus Shinji Kagawa - despite a wealth of attacking midfield talent.

It wasn’t the first time Hamsik has been linked with Old Trafford - in fact he’s been spoken of as a United target for months, albeit not in these eyebrow-raising terms.

But whether either of United’s options put forth by TMW make sense is one matter.

If Napoli are even willing to sell the star midfielder is another.

And according to Calciomercato, the San Paolo giants have already decided they’re not - for a pair of reasons.

The first is that Partenopei owner Aurelio De Laurentiis doesn’t think he can get a high enough transfer fee for Hamsik.

It’s believed De Laurentiis rates Hamsik at €40m, but can’t see suitors paying that much for him as the 26-year-old has struggled over the past few months.

Second is that boss Rafael Benitez is hesitant to let go of a fan favourite, and has a plan to reinvent Hamsik in a new role.

The ex-Liverpool manager believes the Slovakian has suffered from ‘crowding’ in the Napoli attack - with team-mates occupying the space he likes to work in.

Benitez is reportedly keen to move Hamsik from centre of the trident in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation to the deeper midfield pairing.

And per Calciomercato, he’ll look to sign a strong holding midfielder this summer to complement Hamsik’s finesse in this role starting next season.

In spite of this latest report, it’s still likely that rumours of a San Paolo exit for Hamsik will persist.

He was left out of Napoli’s win over Lazio at the weekend and Benitez hasn’t outwardly indicated a change of role is on the cards.

So we probably haven’t seen the last of links between Manchester United and Hamsik.

This one should rumble on into the summer, at which point we’ll see if Napoli do intend to keep him - and if David Moyes is indeed planning to lure him to Old Trafford.

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