Stoke transfer news: Potters face losing out to Napoli in battle for £16m Belgum star Axel Witsel

Napoli are set for talks with Stoke City target Axel Witsel.

The midfielder is wanted by a number of clubs this summer after announcing his desire to leave Zenit St Petersburg.

Stoke are trying to bring the Belgian to the Premier League, while Juventus and Roma have also made enquiries.

But, according to Tuttosport, Napoli are making serious headway and have arranged to meet with Witsel’s agent.

The Italian club have been watching negotiations from a distance until now, but they have been alerted to the fact that the 27-year-old’s asking price is around £16m.

Initially it had been reported that Witsel would cost close to £25m, but as the player has just 12 months to run on his contract Zenit have slashed their valuation.

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