Rafael Benitez could be looking back to two of his former clubs as he assesses which players he might like to join him in Italy with Napoli.
Benitez was appointed Napoli manager on Monday following a difficult but ultimately productive six months in charge at Chelsea. The media in England and Italy are currently full of speculation about who might be in his squad come the start of the season.
Yesterday the Daily Express suggested that the Spaniard would like to make Chelsea defender/midfielder David Luiz his first signing. Napoli would face competition from Barcelona but the Express say Benitez would be willing to go as high as £30m to land the Brazilian international.
Napoli want to keep Cavani
However, he would be forced to sell star striker Edinson Cavani to fund the signing. La Repubblic newspaper in Italy says that Napoli are going to make every effort to hold on to the Uruguayan superstar.
They say that the Naples club are willing to offer the hit man a new contract worth € 7m per year. They also suggest that Chelsea might trigger Cavani’s €63m release clause as a gift to new boss Jose Mourinho. However, they may try to lower the fee by including Fernando Torres as part of the deal. La Repubblic say such a deal may ‘tickle the imagination of Benitez’.
Benitez interested in Liverpool trio
Online football magazine Inside Futbol report that Benitez is looking to bring in his former players Lucas Leiva, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger from Liverpool. He also wants to bring in former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano from Barcelona.
Inside Futbol suggest that they could be tempted to head to Italy to work with their former boss. Napoli will be able to offer Champions League football after finishing second in Serie A last season. Mascherano could be tempted with the promise of first team football.