Transfer Bin: Why Arsenal's 'cut-price deal' for Napoli star is ludicrous

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Arsenal have apparently been offered Napoli star Jose Callejon in a cut price £16 million deal.

According to the Express, Arsenal have been offered a cut price deal for 'unhappy' Napoli attacker Jose Callejon. We've decided to dissect the report and show why the timing behind the claims couldn't be any worse. 

The report states: 'Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Napoli attacker Jose Callejon for just £16million, months after the club rejected larger bids from Liverpool and Chelsea.

'The former Real Madrid player joined Rafa Benitez's side a year ago for just £8 million, and impressed during his 52 appearances in all competitions.

'Despite getting off to a flying start in the new campaign, various reports in Italy claim that Callejon is unhappy at the San Paolo.

'Despite rejecting bids from Anfield and Stamford Bridge worth as much as £25million in the last transfer window, Napoli are ready to accept bids of just £16million for the versatile attacker, with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid just two of the clubs notified to his availability.

'Callejon could be tempted by a move to join Arsene Wenger at the Emirates, with one major advantage being the presence of close friend Santi Cazorla as well as fellow countrymen Mikel Arteta and Nacho Monreal.' 

The claims Jose Callejon is unhappy in Italy is purely speculation; there is no conclusive evidence to support the statement and his performances certainly haven't been affected as he has scored four goals in five starts. 

Even if the player was 'unhappy', there is absolutely no reason for Napoli to take a huge loss on the player's true valuation. 

He is in-form, scoring and playing well; why would Napoli be happy to sacrifice that in a 'cut-price deal'? It's illogical. 

The deal breaker on this story, and the reason the timing couldn't be worse, is because a few days ago the Napoli striker confessed to a radio station he was happy at the club and even asked 'close friend' Santi Cazorla to join him at Napoli. 

If Arsenal are interested in the attacker then they are likely to have to pay a lot more than the reported £16 million, maybe even double that amount. 

It was rumoured at the start of the summer that Chelsea had put a £26 million bid in for Callejon, and failed. In such good form, it's very unlikely the Italian club would accept less than a premium for their key player. 

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