After Napoli were sensationally linked with Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, another Italian side, Inter, have also entered the race for his signature.
The Dutch player has failed to settle in the Spanish capital and often found himself relegated to the role of substitute over the past few months, prompting speculation he will leave this summer as he fears for his place in the Netherlands national side.
Nerazzurri tactician Jose Mourinho sees the 26-year-old is a beneficial addition to his midfield, as the side lack a creative player and the former Hamburg man could potentially fulfill that role, according to ItaSportPress.
Nonetheless, it seems their main competition will come from Premier League giants Chelsea, who are currently in pole position to sign the sought after player. Los Blancos paid approximately €12 million for his signature and a similar amount will be needed to prize him away from the Bernabeu.
Van der Vaart has only made 12 starts in Primera Division action in 2008-09.
Adam Scime, Goal.com