Napoli plan to hijack Galatasaray’s bid to sign Felipe Melo on a permanent basis, but the Juventus midfielder has no desire to return to Italy.
The Brazilian spent last season on loan in Istanbul and is desperate to extend his stay at the Turk Telekom Arena, having played a key role in their league-winning campaign.
The Super Lig champions signed Melo for an initial 1.5 million euros with a view to a permanent transfer this off-season, but they are now unwilling to pay the additional 13m euros required to take outright possession of the player before the June 10 deadline, Goal.com has learned.
Galatasaray have only offered 9m euros as it stands, meaning Melo’s future remains up in the air. However, Napoli are now ready to complicate matters further by offering Juve 10m euros for the 28-year-old.
Napoli see Melo as the ideal man to bolster their midfield for the new season and are confident of Juve accepting their bid in light of the Scudetto holders’ ongoing efforts to persuade them to part company with star striker Edinson Cavani.
The sticking point, however, is that Melo does not want to return to plying his trade Serie A, having fallen out of love with the Italian game during his difficult maiden season at Juventus in 2009-10.
Money is also an issue, as Melo earned 5m euros at Galatasaray last season. Napoli, with their tight financial constraints, are reluctant to break their salary cap of 3m euros per season.
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