Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is tempting to lure Manchester City’s Gareth Barry to Serie A this summer rather than seek another club in the Premier League as the Premier League runners up look to move the player on.
New City boss Manuel Pellegrini has informed Barry that he is willing to let him go if he so wishes but that he will be considered a squad player who has to prove his worth to the team if he remains at the Ethiad.
Benitez though is a keen admirer of Barry and famously attempted to being him to Liverpool in 2009 from Aston Villa and would offer him first team football as he looks to secure a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup 2014 squad which departs for Rio next summer.
Barry has said that he is yet to discuss the possibility of extending his contract with City officials despite the fact that it expires at the end of the coming season but it is unlikely that Barry’s deal will be renewed consider the current players such as Yaya Tour, Javi Garcia and Fernaldinho at Pellegrini’s disposal in the centre of midfield.
Napoli have already secured the services of Real Madrid trio , Gonzalo Higuain, Raul Albiol and Jose Maria Callejon this summer as well as Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina on loan for the season.
The spending spree comes on the back of the sale of Edison Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of £58million.
The 32 year old Barry would add more Champions League experience to Benitez’s squad as he looks to improve on Napoli’s recent exploits on the European stage in 2012 and last season’s second place finish in Serie A.