Reports out of Italy confirm that Serie A club Napoli have inquired about the services of American midfielder Michael Bradley.
Sports daily Corriere dello Sport cites a radio interview given by Bradley’s agent, Alberto Faccini, in which he’s quoted as saying that Napoli has competition.
“More than one big Italian team is interested in my client,” Faccini told Crc Radio. “In my opinion, Bradley could be an ideal player for the [Walter] Mazzarri system [Napoli manager] because he could be a great alternative to Walter Gargano in case he left the club.
“In the contacts I’ve had with Napoli, I’ve talked about Michael and the club executives asked me some questions about his contract and his characteristics. So there are no negotiations but there is an interest from the club.”
The Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder, who played on loan at Aston Villa at the end of the last European season, has been rumored to be a target of Roma in recent weeks. Another American, Clint Dempsey, was also reportedly in the crosshairs of the partenopei.
“I don’t know how much he would cost but I know he has another year on his contract,” Faccini said of Bradley. “My client has expressed the desire of playing in Italy. Now it’s up to the Italian clubs to step up.”
Bradley, who was a regular for the US team during its recent run to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, has 58 caps and eight goals for the US national team.