Report: Napoli will finally sign Gonalons within a week

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After a protracted transfer saga, Napoli may finally land Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons, who is also on Arsenal's radar.

Napoli have been chasing Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons since late last year and reports in Italy suggest that they are finally set to land their man.

The Italian side are determined to add a solid defensive midfielder to their ranks ahead of next season after seeing their defence exposed too often in their 2013-14 campaign.

Over recent weeks there have been incessant reports linking Napoli with Barcelona's Javier Mascherano, who is also said to be a target for Liverpool.

But with Mascherano steadily edging towards staying at the Camp Nou, it appears that Napoli have moved back to their old target.

Napoli were on the brink of signing Gonalons from Lyon in January but the French side pulled out of a deal at the last minute when coach Remi Garde refused to let his captain leave.

Now, according to Il Mattino, the transfer could finally take place and may be complete within the next week.

The paper believes that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is in frequent contact with his Lyon counterpart Jean-Michel Aulas and has offered just over £10m.

Aulas is said to be holding out for closer to £11.5m but has reportedly brought his demands down from £13.8m.

Although Aulas stated last week that Gonalons could stay and asserted that the player's 'heart is at Lyon', Il Mattino claims that Gonalons' agent has told Aulas that his client is keen to move on.

Arsenal may need to look for a new target unless they are willing to enter at the 11th hour to try and steal Gonalons from under Napoli's nose.

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