Report: Arsenal and Liverpool quoted £14.5m for Napoli attacker Jose Callejon

Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in Jose Callejon, reports claim.

According to a report in SportItalia, Arsenal and Liverpool are tracking Napoli star Jose Callejon, but club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is unwilling to sell him for less than €20 million [£14.5 million].

The Spaniard moved to Napoli from Real Madrid as part of a Spanish revolution under former boss Rafa Benitez, joined by the likes of Pepe Reina, Raul Albiol, David Lopez and Michu.

However, following Benitez’s return to La Liga as newly-appointed manager of Real Madrid, Callejon’s future in Naples has been widely speculated on in Italy.

As reported by SportItalia, Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in his services, but fresh reports claim the Premier League duo must cough up £14.5 million if they wish to sign him.

Should Arsenal or Liverpool make a move?

Arsenal’s reported interest in Callejon seems slightly bizarre considering the Gunners have a wealth of attacking options at their disposal, especially in the Spaniard’s favoured position just off the striker.

Is Callejon really an upgrade on Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? The answer is probably not, despite his obvious talents.

Liverpool, however, have looked fairly ordinary in wide attacking areas, with youngster Jordon Ibe and former Southampton ace Adam Lallana selected but not really shining this season.

The Reds do have other options in Danny Ings, Lazar Markovic, and arguably Roberto Firmino could also play on the flanks – but aside from the latter, are they really top four material?

Callejon, 28, has scored 26 goals from wide areas in his last two Serie A campaigns at Napoli and if the Reds are looking at possibly one more addition before the summer transfer window closes, he would represent a fine potential option.

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