Milner and Johnson on Napoli’s shopping list, one big problem remains

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Napoli are looking at Manchester City's James Milner and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, according to Italian newspaper Il Mattino.

Napoli look set to sign in the winter transfer window and Premier League men James Milner and Glen Johnson are said to be amongst their targets.

Coach Rafa Benitez has a good gauge of Premier League talent and he will need to strengthen his squad to prevent a season of underachievement after a poor start to the Serie A campaign.

According to Il Mattino, a shopping list has been drawn up at Napoli with Milner and Johnson on it as well as Andre Ayew and Fabian Schär.

Although he is still important in the England set-up, Milner has been employed somewhat irregularly by Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and he has been linked with Everton and Tottenham.

Napoli would need to come up with at least £10 million and may face further competition from Serie A rivals Roma.

However, the wage bill would also prove a stumbling block, given that Serie A sides pay a lot less on average than their Premier League counterparts.

In recent times, Italian clubs have struggled in the market because they simply cannot compete with the kind of contracts being offered in England.

It is likely to be a similar story with Johnson, who may be on his way out of Liverpool. The defender's contract expires next summer and he has admitted that renewal talks haven't been progressing.

But while the 30-year-old could be tempted by the chance to try his hand in Italy, wages will be a huge problem. Johnson is currently on £120,000-a-week, which Napoli couldn't get close to. 

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