Napoli close in on Santos goalkeeper Rafael

According to the player's agent, the 23-year-old's discussion with Rafa Benitez was "fundamental" in his decision and a deal is nearly done
Santos goalkeeper Rafael looks set to join Napoli following decisive talks with head coach Rafa Benitez.

The 23-year-old's agent Paulo Afonso believes that the promising shot-stopper's destination this summer will be Naples and that a deal will soon be completed.

"The conversation that he had with Rafa Benitez was crucial. He [Rafael]'s decided, negotiations are moving very well and should be done soon," Afonso told reporters.

Roma reportedly made an offer for Rafael but the Brazilian - whose contract runs out in 2014 - looks set to opt for the Serie A side with Champions League football this coming season, with the transfer expected to be worth around €11 million.

The goalkeeper has been capped three times for the Selecao senior squad and has so far spent his entire youth and professional career at the Brasileirao giants.