Arsenal Stopper High On Napoli Shopping List

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is believed to be high on the shortlist of Serie A giants Napoli for the January transfer window, according to the Metro.

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The Belgian international has mostly played second fiddle to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny this season and has largely been used from the bench when called upon.

However, that hasn’t stopped Napoli boss Rafa Benitez from taking an interest in his services and has apparently placed him high on a four name shortlist of defender’s he is looking to bring in.

Marseille’s Nicolas N’Koulou, Cagliari’s Davide Astori and Andrea Ranocchia of Inter Milan are all thought to be the other possible candidates for Benitez.

But despite being sat on the sidelines for the majority of the campaign on the sidelines, it is not believed that Arsene Wenger will be keen to part with the player as he looks to add to his playing staff and not subtract from it.

Vermaelen will, though, be conscious of his status within the Belgian national team set up as the squad prepare for a highly anticipated World Cup campaign in the summer, and he will very much be hoping to be a part of that.

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