La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Manchester City are prepared to raise their Kalidou Koulibaly offer to €70m plus bonuses, which Napoli would accept.
The negotiations have been slower than expected because of the frosty rapport between the two clubs, going back to the failed Jorginho transfer a couple of years ago.
They are communicating entirely via intermediaries such as Fali Ramadani to work out the terms.
Napoli dropped the original €90m asking price and Manchester City are raising theirs from €65m plus bonuses.
The Gazzetta report claims a deal could be done by the weekend for €70m plus up to €5m in add-ons.
Paris Saint-Germain also tried to intervene, but the €60m proposal was far too low.
Koulibaly has already agreed personal terms with the Premier League side, a contract worth €9m plus €3m in bonuses per season.
That is practically double what he currently earns at the
Stadio San Paolo, after Napoli refused to increase his salary, opting instead to monetise on the 29-year-old.
Napoli’s main candidate to replace him is Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who would reunite with Greek international teammate Kostas Manolas.
He could even be allowed to leave Arsenal as a free agent or for a minimal fee.
Spezia will have to play at least their first few Serie A home games in Cesena, because the Stadio Picco requires restructuring work.
This will be their first ever top flight campaign after winning the Serie B promotion play-offs.
The Lega Serie A have announced that the Stadio Alberto Picco does not meet regulations, so needs to undergo work before it can host league games.
Instead, Spezia will be hosted by the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Spezia hope to be allowed into their own stadium for the game
against Juventus on November 1.
Brahim Diaz got his first goal in a Milan jersey during their 5-1 friendly victory over Vicenza this afternoon.
Samu Castillejo was the star of the first half, bagging a brace around a goal from youth team product Lorenzo Colombo.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was rested ahead of Saturday’s
friendly against Brescia, a game organised after Sandro Tonali made his transfer to San Siro.
In the second period, Leo Duarte accidentally put into his own net, but Brahim Diaz was able to celebrate his first strike for the Rossoneri, combining with Lucas Paqueta.
Luca Stanga rounded out the 5-1 scoreline late on.
Milan: G Donnarumma (A Donnarumma 46); Calabria (Kalulu 46), Michelis, Duarte (Bellodi 66), Theo Hernandez (Laxalt 46); Krunic (Pobega 60), Bennacer (Kessie 60); Castillejo (Brahim Diaz 46), Calhanoglu (Paqueta 46), Maldini; Colombo (Roback 60)
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