Report: Fellaini wage demands halt Napoli

Marouane Fellaini Belgium

Italian newspaper Il Mattino believes that Napoli are desperate to sign Marouane Fellaini, but the player's wages are a big obstacle.

Marouane Fellaini hasn't had a happy time at Manchester United but Napoli's attempts to offer him a fresh start may be thwarted by salary demands.

While Napoli have moved to deny that they are interested in the Belgian international, rumours continue to circulate in the press that the Serie A side are trying to lure Fellaini.

A permanent move doesn't appear to be possible, but Napoli could reach a loan agreement for the former Everton man.

The latest in newspaper Il Mattino is that Napoli are pressing hard for Fellaini but face a major problem in paying his wages.

Fellaini reportedly wants just under £4 million per year, which is currently beyond Napoli's capabilities.

Rafa Benitez's side have already been hindered in their attempts to bring Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina back to the club by a lack of money for Premier League level wages.

Tuttosport believes that Fellaini's future is linked to that of Juventus midfield star Arturo Vidal.

The paper suggests that if Vidal arrives at Manchester United, then the Old Trafford outfit may be willing to pay a percentage of Fellaini's wages while on loan to Napoli.

The formula for the deal would be a season long loan with the possibility of making the move permanent this time next year for a set fee.

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