According to Sky Sports Napoli boss Rafa Benitez says there is no truth in the rumours that he is trying to sign Juan Mata and David Luiz from Chelsea while also playing down talk of trying to bring Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano to Italy.
While dismissing reports of incoming players Benítez was also keen to dampen talk of Colombian frontman Duvan Zapata leaving telling reporters: “I am pleased with the squad we have.
“There has been talk of a departure for Duvan Zapata, but that is not true. I am happy with him and he stays here.
“I read in the papers that we are close to a deal for Mascherano, David Luiz and Mata, but that is not true. It is very difficult to get players like that.
“On most of the players linked with Napoli, there isn’t a real interest from us.
“Signing a defender? At Christmas I watched the Premier League and I didn’t see any players at (Raul) Albiol’s level. And there are few players in the market stronger than (Miguel) Britos and (Federico) Fernandez.”