Napoli Chase Groningen's Tim Matavz And Liverpool's Lucas - Report

Napoli have reached a verbal agreement to sign Groningen's Tim Matavz, and are reportedly interested in adding Lucas Leiva to the squad...
Napoli are already planning transfer market activity for the coming summer, with Groningen's Slovenian striker Tim Matavz and Lucas Leiva of Liverpool emerging as the prime targets.

Calcio News 24 report that the Neapolitans and Matavz have reached a preliminary agreement to take the player to Italy, although the parties are yet to sign any contract committing to the transfer. Napoli will hold another meeting with the player and his agent between March 14 and 15, and are expected to iron out any lingering details in order to confirm a deal.

With Estudiantes defender Federico Fernandez already set to join in June and Matavz one step away, the Partenopei can turn their attention to strengthening the midfield. Liverpool's Brazil international Lucas Leiva is a prime candidate for a move; the central midfielder's contract expires in 2012 and the Italians will attempt to entice Liverpool to cash in before the 24 year old is a free agent.

Another more concrete option for the middle could be Palermo star Antonio Nocerino; the player's agent affirmed that he would be the perfect signing for coach Walter Mazzarri.

"Mr Mazzarri likes the player, he is 25 years old and would help Napoli who have to strengthen in the middle," Marco Sommella told Radio Kiss Kiss.

"We are talking with Palermo about a contract renewal, but there is a good relationship between the Rosanero and the Neapolitans, and Nocerino is keen to move there."

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