Napoli resigned to losing Manchester City target

NAPLES, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24:  Faouzi Ghoulam of Napoli in action   during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC ChievoVerona at Stadio San Paolo on September 24, 2016 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Serie A outfit Napoli have all but given up hopes of retaining highly-rated defender Faouzi Ghoulam, with the defender expected to move on in the summer.

Manchester City have recently been linked with a move for the Algerian, who could become the first defensive recruit of the summer, and Gianluca Di Marzio now reports that Napoli are ‘almost resigned’ to losing him.

City are thought to be in the market for full-backs, with the contracts of Gaël Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta all set to run out at the beginning of July.

Ghoulam’s contract expires in 2018, leaving Napoli with an ultimatum of whether or not to sell the 26-year-old in this summer or let him leave on a free transfer in return for another 12 months of his services. According to Di Marzio, the former is more likely as Napoli are compiling a shortlist of replacements in preparation for his departure.

With his situation at Napoli, City could secure a deal for a fee in the region of €13m (£11.4m), which is significantly cheaper than the £60m touted for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose.

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