Manchester City are plotting a move for Napoli skipper Marek Hamsik, according to reports.
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According to The Sun, City boss Manuel Pellegrini has turned his attention to the Slovakian international with Wolfsburg refusing to allow Kevin de Bruyne to leave the club without a major fight.
Hamsik is also understood to have interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, but City are believed to be in pole position to snare the 27-year-old’s signature.
The Slovakia skipper has a tough decision to make, however, after becoming a fan favourite amongst the fiercely passionate faithful at the San Paolo since joining the club from Brescia in 2007.
Napoli’s poor season under Rafael Benitez means the Serie A giants will be without Champions League football next season, and The Sun reports that Hamsik has told the club it was now time for a new challenge.
Hamsik has three years remaining on his current deal at Napoli, however it is unlikely club officials will make a Premier League move difficult for him considering his long service with the club.
City are understood to be prepared to double Hamsik’s £50k-a-week wage deal in order to lure the player to the Emirates.