The Daily Mail's latest story on the matter, penned by Simon Jones, notes that Chelsea is officially in the chase with a £42.7 million bid.
Of course, the story aptly notes that as far as Napoli is concerned, a £42.7 million bid might as well be an offer of one pound and 10 pence. "Napoli are puzzled by Chelsea's revised bid...Chelsea are still £11.2m short of the £53.9m figure Napoli want," Jones wrote.
It's like a ransom standoff, except (thankfully) without someone's safety at risk.
Assuming Manchester City will not meet Napoli's extravagant mandate, to whom will they turn to plug the holes in the strike force left by the past year's departures of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez?