Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 17:00
Faouzi Ghoulam could still sign a new contract with Italian side Napoli, despite reported interest from Premier League giants such as Manchester City and Liverpool.
The Algerian has thus far refused to sign new deal in Naples, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the 2017/18 season.
The 26-year-old is one of Europe’s most highly-regarded left-backs and has become a top performer since his move to Italy from Saint-Etienne in 2014.
Ghoulam’s status at Napoli has drawn interest from Manchester City and Liverpool, while the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have also been linked with the North African.
However, Goal reports that Napoli are “increasingly confident” that Ghoulam will sign a new five-year contract with the club.
The deal will include a €40m release clause, which can only be triggered by foreign clubs. This will dissuade Napoli’s Serie A rivals, such as Juventus and Roma, from signing the player.