According to sources in Italy, Napoli is still in negotiations with Chelsea about signing Emerson Palmieri, but Liverpool's left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas has emerged as a potential replacement.
A Napoli official is now in London, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, to continue negotiations with Chelsea over the ex-Roma defender.
Emerson Palmieri is Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti's top summer priority, but Chelsea's asking price complicates the transaction.
heavyweights want €20 million for Emerson, while Napoli want to sign him on loan with a purchase option.
Emerson's agreement with Chelsea is set to lapse in June 2022, although the club has the option to extend his stay for another season.
The two teams are in talks, but Napoli is unwilling to meet the Blues' demanding price.
As a result, Liverpool defender
has been targeted by the Partenopei.
The 25-year-old turned down a transfer to the Maradona Stadium a year ago in favor of joining Liverpool from Olympiakos.
However, he struggled for playing time last season, and if Chelsea do not drop their financial expectations for Emerson Palmieri, Napoli may start discussions with the Reds.