Serie A giants AC Milan are eager to bring Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi to the San Siro in the summer.
The Argentine has been targeted by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks, but AC Milan are confident they can lure Lavezzi with a lucrative contract offer.
Milan are currently top of Italy’s Serie A and according to reports in Italy, have now made Lavezzi one of their main summer targets.
Napoli are keen to keep hold of their 26-year-old talisman, Lavezzi has scored eight goals in his last 23 Serie A appearances and has cemented himself as one of his side’s top strikers.
Calciomercato have reported Milan are prepared to shell out a hefty £6m-per-year contract for the former San Lorenzo player, which is double what Napoli are currently paying him. Lavezzi is under contract with Napoli until June 2015 and is rumored to be valued at 32million euros.
Lavezzi scored his first two Champions League goals on the 21st of February, scoring two crucial goals in Napoli’s historic 3-1 first-leg victory of Chelsea in the Round of 16. Lavezzi went on to score a deciding goal against Inter Milan the following Sunday, propelling Napoli to fifth in the Serie A rankings.
Although never holding a regular place in Argentina’s national team, Lavezzi has made 16 appearances for the international giants, scoring in two of those games, and is hoping to return to international action in the summer when Argentina participate in the Olympics football tournament in London.
Napoli played down talks of the striker making a move to either Manchester City or Chelsea in February. The Italian club’s president told the Daily Mail: “The message is clear,” he said. “He is not for sale. There will be no negotiations with any club.”
The situation may have changed for the Napoli president however, as a 32million euro buyout-clause has been publicized in the media in recent weeks, a transfer fee that could make a real impact in the club’s push for Champions League football.