Napoli believe they are destined to beat West Ham to the signature of Seville coach Unai Emery, by making a superior financial offer than the east London club as they seek a replacement for Rafael Benitez.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis flew to Madrid on Monday to meet Emery and, although the Premier League club offers far better infrastructure than Napoli, where Benitez began the job of developing a rudimentary training facility before he left, the film producer is ready to pay a substantial sum to secure the Spaniard to build on what the new Real Madrid coach has left behind at the Serie A club.
Napoli want to regain the Champions League status which saw them narrowly miss qualification for the knock-out stage under Benitez two seasons ago. It is thought they could offer Emery around £3million a year.
Emery is due in London this week to meet West Ham’s co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, whose options have been limited following Real’s decision to hire Benitez.
Hammers other candidates to replace Sam Allardyce as West Ham manager are Marseilles’ Marcelo Bielsa, Slaven Bilic and Swansea City’s Garry Monk.