Napoli In Surprise Link To Arsenal Forward

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Rafael Benitez eyes move for Theo Walcott.

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Italian news source Tuttosport claims that Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is a target for new Napoli manager Rafael Benitez.

The 24-year-old has just enjoyed something of a breakthrough season for Arsenal, finding the best form of his career so far with 21 goals and 11 assists in all competitions.

He had been linked with a number of clubs earlier in the season when he was stalling on signing a new contract with the Gunners, but he eventually committed his future to a new long-term deal.

The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Juventus showed a strong interest in the former Southampton man at the time, and Benitez is believed to have made moves to sign him in his days as manager of Liverpool as well.

The Spanish coach should have a lot of money to spend with Napoli this summer, as the Italians prepare for the big-money sale of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, who is a target for both Chelsea and Manchester City.

His sale could bring in £53.5million, all of which is expected to be reinvested into the squad, according to the club’s president.

Arsenal are unlikely to want to sell Walcott, who they made their best-paid player in order to keep him at the Emirates Stadium, but the Gunners have been known to let key players go in recent years if the money’s been right.

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