Earlier this month Manchester United were linked with a big-money move for Napoli play-maker Marek Hamsik.
Reports in Italy claimed the Premier League side were prepared to offer €31million or €15million plus Shinji Kagawa.
Those rumours were quickly dismissed, when Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis said Hamsik was “absolutely not for sale”.
That would mean no player-swaps or the like, just an old-fashioned transaction that would see Hamsik leave Napoli after seven years.
Of course this is just another report in a growing pile of them, and following De Laurentiis’s comments it is worth taking them it a pinch of salt. But Hamsik has not enjoyed the best of season’s in Naples, where he has scored just six goals and provided seven assists.
That is in stark contrast to his previous campaign, when he scored 11 and set up a remarkable 21. And without a goal in his last 16 league matches, perhaps the time really is right to cash-in.
But even considering his recent dip in form, that reported €25million would be a bargain for a 26-year-old who just last year was rated as one of the best footballers in the game.