Report: Napoli fighting to bring in Spurs star

Mousa Dembele

Napoli are reportedly attempting to close out a deal with Tottenham for midfielder Moussa Dembele, but the World Cup may prove a problem.

Napoli have been plotting a midfield signing for some time and the Italian press believe that Tottenham's Moussa Dembele has become one of the prime targets.

Rafa Benitez's side enjoyed a successful season, finishing third and winning the Italian Cup, but they will need to improve if they are to push on next term.

One of the key areas that has room for improvement is Napoli's midfield and the Azzurri have been linked with several names, most notably Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons.

In a protracted transfer saga, Napoli appeared to have Gonalons' signature wrapped up in January, but the deal fell through.

Arsenal have also been tipped to step in for the Frenchman, but Napoli continue to lead the way, although relations between the Italians and Lyon appear to have become tense.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Napoli are focussing their efforts on Gonalons but are also trying to push forward talks for Tottenham man Dembele, who they see as his ideal partner in the middle.

Spurs are said to have already agreed to sell the Belgian international to Napoli, but the player isn't making any decisions until his World Cup campaign is over.

Benitez reportedly wants to have Dembele at his disposal for Napoli's first pre-season session on July 10, unless Belgium are still involved in Brazil, in which case he would welcome Dembele for the trip to Dimaro on July 17.

However, things may become more difficult for Napoli should Dembele impress on the World Cup stage because Tottenham may raise his price and competitors may emerge.

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