Arsenal star linked with Italian move

Theo Walcott Arsenal forwardFormer Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez is keen to make Arsenal star Theo Walcott his first signing at Napoli, according to reports from The Metro.

The Spaniard is a long-term admirer of the pacey winger, and sees him as the ideal man to impose his style of play on the Naples-based outfit’s squad.

Star striker Edinson Cavani is set to leave the San Paolo in the coming months for around £50m, which will hand the Serie A side a sizable transfer kitty.

Benitez is willing to spend a large chunk of this on Walcott, who only penned a new deal with the north London club during the winter.

Arsenal are reluctant to allow the England international to leave, but may accept an offer in the region of £25-£30m, in order to fund their own transfer plans.

Benitez has already received backing to push ahead with a move from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentis, who confirmed that the club are keen to draft in a right-sided attacker.

Walcott enjoyed a successful 2012/13 campaign, notching 21 goals in 43 appearances for the Emirates Stadium-based outfit.

Much of his season was marred by uncertainty surrounding his future, but the ex-Southampton man agreed to extend his contract earlier this year.

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