Serie A side’s race for a central midfielder now focusing on Manchester City man Javi Garcia.
Napoli have been linked with plenty of Premier League midfielders this summer, notably Sandro from Tottenham Hotspur, but former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez now seems to have turned his attentions on compatriot Javi Garcia from Manchester City, according to reports from the Daily Star.
Benitez is keen to add another midfielder to his ranks as Napoli look to build on a successful first season for Benitez, in which they secured third place in Serie A and were extremely unfortunate not to progress from a Champions League group including Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.
Garcia, who has two caps for Spain, joined Manchester City in 2012 from Benfica but struggled to adapt to the pace and intensity during his first season at the club, during which City lost the Premier League title that they had won prior to Garcia’s arrival.
The departure of Roberto Mancini seemed to help Garcia, however, and his performances showed a marked improvement under new boss Manuel Pellegrini last season – but City would still be likely to consider cashing in should a significant bid come in for a player who is unlikely to dislodge Fernandinho and Yaya Toure from central midfield in a regular basis.
Pellegrini has also added a new central midfielder to his ranks this season, with Fernando signing from FC Porto for a fee in the region of £12 million, something which could push Garcia further down the pecking order at the City of Manchester Stadium.