Napoli boss Rafa Benitez remains coy on his chances of signing Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini after being questioned by the press yesterday.
The Serie A outfit are in desperate need of adding midfield additions to their squad following the recent exit of former West Ham United midfielder Velon Behrami.
After reportedly failing in a bid to sign Liverpool midfielder Lucas on loan for the season, Benitez has seemingly earmarked Fellaini as his next best alternative.
When asked after Napoli's friendly with PSG yesterday whether a deal with the United midfielder is close, Benitez chose not to reveal his club’s chances of signing the star and instead focused on the midfielders he currently has at his disposal.
"Is the next purchase about to arrive? We'll keep working in the next days "Fellaini? I focus on the midfielders I have here, we need to trust them to play well.” He said, quoted by Sky Sports Italia.
Aside from Napoli’s reported interest in Fellaini, the Belgian’s future at Old Trafford has been cast into doubt following the arrival of new coach Louis Van Gaal.
The Dutch international’s preference of a fast, counterattacking method doesn’t suit Fellaini’s more robust style and the purchase of Ander Herrera has further pushed the 26-year-old down the midfield pecking order.
Last season, the former Everton midfielder failed to live up to his £27.5 million price tag as he struggled to make an impact with the Red Devils, making just 21 appearances in all competitions.
A move to Naples - perhaps even on loan - could be good for Fellaini to help get his career back on track though any deal is likely to be problematic due to his inflated Premier League wages.