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Napoli Close to Completing Deal for Kostas Manolas & Prepare Nathan Ake Alternative

Napoli are close to completing a deal for Roma's central defender Kostas Manolas, however are preparing for all eventualities by lining up a possible move for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

The Neapolitans are desperate to find a replacement for the departing Raul Albiol, who is set to return to Villarreal after the Andalusians pay his €4m release clause, and Manolas is viewed as the ideal pairing with Kalidou Koulibaly.

Sky Sports Italia report (via Football Italia) that Manolas has already agreed personal terms with Napoli, but negotiations between the clubs continue as Partenopei would prefer to offer Roma a swap deal rather than pay his €36m release clause.