Reported Everton and Liverpool target Nikola Maksimovic is closing in on an exit from Napoli as his agent arrives in Italy to discuss a seemingly-inevitable departure, as reported by AreaNapoli.
With clubs all over Europe still embarking on substantial cost-cutting measures, Kalidou Koulibaly is no longer the most coveted central defender plying his trade at the Stadio San Paolo.
While the Senegalese powerhouse looks set to stay for life in Naples, his £90 million price-tag scaring off any remaining suitors, Maksimovic finds himself at the heart of an almighty tug of war with two Merseyside rivals holding the rope at either end.
Liverpool are also watching things closely, amid doubts about Ozan Kabak’s long-term future at Anfield (Sky).
The Turkey international has an £18 million option-to-buy clause in his contract but is yet to prove, after a handful of nervy displays, to suggest that he is worthy of such an investment.
Maksimovic, in contrast, would not cost Liverpool a penny in transfer fees.
With Napoli reluctant to meet his £40,000-a-week demands, the 29-year-old looks destined to depart on January 1. And, according to AreaNapoli, his agent Fali Ramadani has arrived in the city to discuss what looks like an inevitable parting of the ways with the Napoli chiefs.
West Ham United made a £14 million bid for Maksimovic in October 2020 and may also be tempted to renew their interest when his contract expires (Calciomercato).