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The 28-year-old Brazilian is desperate to remain in Istanbul, but the Turkish champions have thus far refused to meet the pre-determined fee for the midfielder

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By Elia Raimondo

Napoli plan to hijack Galatasaray's bid to sign Felipe Melo on a permanent basis, but the Juventus midfielder has no desire to return to Italy, Goal.com has learned.

The Brazilian spent last season on loan in Istanbul and is desperate to extend his stay at the Turk Telekom Arena, having played a key role in Cimbom's league-winning campaign.

The Super Lig champions signed Melo for an initial €1.5 million with a view to a permanent transfer this summer, but they are now unwilling to pay the additional €13m required to take outright possession of the player before the June 10 deadline.

Gala have only offered €9m thus far, meaning Melo's future remains up in the air. However, Napoli are now ready to complicate matters further by offering Juve €10m for the 28-year-old.

The Partenopei see Melo as the ideal man to bolster their midfield for the new season and are confident of Juve accepting their bid in light of the Bianconeri's ongoing efforts to persuade them to part company with star striker Edinson Cavani.

The sticking point, however, is that Melo does not want to return to plying his trade Serie A, having fallen out of love with the Italian game during his difficult maiden season at Juventus in 2009-10.

Money is also an issue, as Melo earned €5m at Gala last season. Napoli, with their tight financial constraints, are reluctant to break their salary cap of €3m per season.

Nonetheless, while Napoli's interest is very real, the ball remains in Galatasaray's court, given they still have four days in which to push through a transfer.

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