Manchester City will open talks with Napoli “next week” over Faouzi Ghoulam when the two clubs face other in the Champions League group stage tie, according to the Sun.
The Algerian international is out of contract at the end of the season, and is said to be refusing a new deal as he seeks a new challenge away from Napoli. Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in offering a contract to the 26 year old but City will attempt to secure the player’s services with a January bid.
A £3m fee is being proposed with Ghoulam’s contract almost up. The left back is being lined up as a replacement for Benjamin Mendy by City manager Pep Guardiola, after the Frenchman was ruled out for a number of months with a knee injury.
Chelsea look set to miss out on primary target Alex Sandro with Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta revealing they are certain the Brazilian will sign a new deal, and it has been reported in the Italian media that Ghoulam would likely be the alternative.
The Blues will have to move fast though if they want to stop City sealing a deal for the full back, especially if the Sun‘s report about discussions taking place within a matter of days are true.