Report: Gonalons chooses Napoli

According to Italian reports, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is already celebrating the signature of Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons.

Napoli came close to signing Lyon star Maxime Gonalons in the January transfer window and look set to finally pounce for him in the summer.

The Partenopei are looking to strengthen this summer to increase their chances of a Scudetto bid and a successful Champions League campaign next season with midfield being an area of concern.

Rafa Benitez attempted to lure Gonalons in the winter window - a player who had regularly been linked with Arsenal in the past - but the deal broke down.

Things seemed to have become still more complicated when Il Mattino and Tuttosport reported that Manchester United had joined the chase for Gonalons earlier this week.

But Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport is today suggesting that Napoli may have already provisionally secured a deal for Gonalons.

According to the paper, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has been telling friends that he has already secured one new recruit and that player is likely to be Gonalons.

Lyon captain Gonalons wasn't present for the presentation of the French club's new shirt yesterday, which has convinced the Italian media that he intends to leave at the end of the current campaign.

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