Having raided former club Liverpool for the goalkeeping talents of Pepe Reina, Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is mulling over another move for one of his Anfield muckers, with Martin Skrtel linked with joining the big-spending revolution in Naples.
Other Benitez favourites linked with moves to Napoli include Fernando Torres, Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva.
Skrtel – who was not always at the peak of his powers during the 2012/13 campaign – could be tempted into a change of scene to rejuvenate his career and has been encouraged to move to San Paolo by his Slovakian international teammate Marek Hamsik.
Having finished second to Juventus in Serie A last term, Napoli seem to have put their faith in finance as the way to overhaul the Bianconeri in the coming campaign with €76.7m outlaid already.
The majority of that expenditure has been offset by the €64m received for striker Edinson Cavani from PSG so their spending streak may well be some way from finished – Benitez’s men are currently 5/1 third favourites for the Scudetto in 2013/14.
Juve – 33/50 for a third straight league title – have been recruiting in a more parsimonious fashion, with much needed strikers Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente recruited for a combined €10m.
Partying like it’s the second half of the noughties seems to be the order of the day for the Spaniard as it’s also been reported that Gareth Barry – a consistent heart throb during Benitez’ Anfield era – is another player the Neapolitans are looking at.
Barry is perhaps more unsettled than Skrtel after Man City’s big money signing of Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this summer.
That acquisition swells the defensive midfield ranks at Eastlands to five, with Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia and Yaya Toure all scrimmaging for starting places alongside the ex-Villa veteran.
Already linked to Arsenal, Barry could well end up a shrewd acquisition for whoever picks him up this summer, coming as he does replete with huge experience.