Multiple reports from France and Italy suggest Napoli are in advanced negotiations with MarseilleÂ for their Ghanaian midfielder AndreÂ Ayew in a deal worth about $14m.
The striker impressed in the Champions League against theÂ PartenopeiÂ this season and had already been linked with a January move, but that collapsed due to a meniscus injury that kept him out for three months.
There are now reports director of sportÂ RiccardoÂ BigonÂ travelledÂ toÂ Marseillethis week to offer â‚¬10mÂ for the 24-year-old.
â€œThisÂ rumourÂ is true,â€ La Provence journalistÂ FabriceÂ LampertiÂ told CalcioNapoli24.it.
â€œOM confirmed they were approached by Napoli emissaries for AndreÂ Ayew, though at the moment no other details have emerged.
â€œMarseilleÂ absolutely need to recoup â‚¬7mÂ before June 30 to wipe out their debts. At the moment there is just one concrete offer forÂ AyewÂ that was not denied: Newcastle United put â‚¬7mÂ on the table last summer.
â€œAndreÂ AyewÂ has a contract withÂ MarseilleÂ until June 30 2015. The club needs to sell before June 30 2014 to balance the books.
â€œHowever,Â AyewÂ had always said heâ€™d prefer to play in the Premier League.â€
A wide attacker,Â AyewÂ has great pace and scored seven goals in 27 games forÂ MarseilleÂ this season, betweenÂ LigueÂ 1 and Champions League.
Both his European goals were against Napoli, as OM lost 2-1 in France and 3-2 at the San Paolo withÂ AyewÂ netting in both fixtures.