Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is in the midst of discussions with Napoli over a potential 17 million pound transfer, according to reports from Germany.
Bild claims that the Serie A club and their newly appointed coach, Rafa Benitez, have singled out the 6’2” marksman – who is said to have told teammates of his impending departure after the German Cup final – as either a partner or replacement for the highly sought-after Edinson Cavani.
The 27-year-old fell out of favour at the Allianz Arena last season, with Mario Mandzukic preferred as the European champions’ spearhead following his arrival from Wolfsburg in January.
Gomez has been touted for a move to the Premier League in recent years, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all cited as suitors at one time or another.
It has been speculated that the returning Jose Mourinho could bring the Bundesliga’s most consistent goalscorer – 200 goals in 330 senior games for Stuttgart and Bayern – to Stamford Bridge this summer, with doubts lingering over whether Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku can get the job done up front.
It is understood that Gomez, who has 58 caps for Germany, would join Napoli on a three-year deal.