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Italian heavyweights confirm January plans for Manchester United transfer raid

The president of Napoli has confirmed that he has made the budget available for his side to go out and sign Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera during the January transfer window.

Napoli demolished Frosinone 5-1 on Sunday to move top of the Italian top flight, leap-frogging Inter Milan, who were surprisingly defeated at home by Sassuolo, and pulling clear of Fiorentina, who suffered a dramatic defeat at home against Lazio on Saturday.

With the Naples heavyweights eyeing a first Italian title in the quarter of a century, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed his intentions to back manager Maurizio Sarri during the January transfer market in order to provide his coach with a squad capable of winning the title race.

“I have made a substantial amount of money available to make one signing in defence and another in midfield,” the football administrator began, speaking to Sky Sport Italia after the match [as per Goal].

De Laurentiis then outlined the plans of the Partenopei’s sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli to move for United man Herrera.

“Giuntoli has sent for [Torino centre-back Nikola] Maksimovic, Herrera and [Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph] Kramer.”

While United fans may not be happy to see the popular Herrera leave the club, a change of scene would arguably do the Spaniard good.

The box-to-box operator has struggled to assert himself at Old Trafford this season, with the likes of new signings Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, as well as Marouane Fellaini, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney providing intense competition for central roles.

Indeed, the 26-year-old has featured only 13 times this season, of which nine outings have been starts, and the player may need to move in order to reignite his flagging career.

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