Napoli fearful of being gazumped by Liverpool in midfielder chase

Date published: Monday 16th December 2019 5:15 - Robert McCarthy

Napoli are reportedly growing concerned that Liverpool could stump up more money for Genk midfielder Sander Berge.

The highly-rated Norwegian midfielder looks set to leave the Belgian side next year, with just 18 months remaining on his current contract.

Following Fabinho’s injury in November, the Reds were reportedly ready to bring forward their interest in Berge.

The 21-year-old is also being tracked by Napoli and Chelsea, with Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claiming that Berge is a back-up option for the Naples side in case they miss out on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.

And the Serie A outfit are understood to be worried that Liverpool ‘could offer a higher figure’ than the €20million that Napoli are prepared to pay for Berge.

The newspaper hints that their efforts to sign Torreira have potentially come about because of Liverpool‘s interest in Berge, relegating the Norwegian to a back-up option.

Sofyan Amrabat, who is on loan at Hellas Verona from Club Brugge, is seen as Napoli’s third option if they fail in their negotiations to sign Torreira and Berge.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will be able to play Takumi Minamino in the Champions League knockout stages should they sign the Japanese star.

The Japan international has been one of the standout performers for Red Bull Salzburg in the competition this season, but Uefa has changed the rulings to allow signings in the January transfer window to play for their new side in the knockout stages.

Previously, only three new eligible players could be added to the squad between the groups and last 16 – as long as they had not played in the competition for another club.

The likes of Real Madrid’s Klass-Jan Huntelaar and more recently Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona were forced to sit out of the Champions League matches due to being cup-tied.

Now, though, whoever transferred players represented before their winter move is irrelevant. Read more…



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