By Marco Giordano
Napoli are weighing up a summer move for Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen after meeting with the player's agent, Goal understands.
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Benitez is a long-term admirer of Vermaelen, who has suffered due to the blossoming partnership between Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny at the Emirates Stadium.
Zenit have also been linked with a move for the Belgian before the Russian transfer window closes on February 25, but Arsenal have no intention of letting him go mid-season.
Vermaelen, who has been sidelined with a series of niggling injuries since starting the Gunners' FA Cup win over Tottenham on January 4, has been a fringe player at Emirates Stadium over the last 12 months.
However, the Arsenal staff have been impressed by his attitude and professionalism, and the defender has not pushed strongly for a move even though his place in Belgium's highly competitive starting line-up at the World Cup is under threat.