Napoli Chase Feyenoord Star Daryl Janmaat

Liam NewmanContributor IApril 26, 2014

Daryl Janmaat  of the Netherlands lines up before his friendly soccer match against Indonesia at Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, June 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Dita Alangkara

Italian club Napoli have made Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat one of their primary targets in the next transfer window.

The 24-year-old has been exceptional for the Rotterdam giants this term, helping Ronald Koeman's men climb to second in the Eredivisie table, and he has received praise from a number of European clubs.

However, it seems Rafa Benitez's Serie A side are leading the way in the chase for the Dutch international's signature.

As per Michael Bell of FootballOranje, Janmaat—who joined the Rotterdam giants from Eredivisie rivals Heerenveen in 2012—had already been heavily linked with a summer exit following breakdowns in contract talks with the club earlier this year but has yet to make a final decision on where his future lies.

The move to Italy would be a step up for Janmaat, who already boasts 13 senior caps for the Netherlands and is widely tipped to feature in Louis van Gaal's 23-man FIFA World Cup squad, but the promise of regular Champions League football could be too tempting for the defender to resist.

However, Napoli may not be the only club in the running for Janmaat's signature—as was confirmed by the player's agent, Karel Jansen.

Jansen said, via Bell, “Yes, the Azzurri are interested in the boy, but they are not the only club to have enquired.”

The right-back's strike against rivals PSV earlier this month has put the Rotterdam club firmly in the driving seat to qualify for next season's Champions League; Janmaat will now be fully focused on ensuring that they do.

After that, the next stop could be Italy.

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Stats from Soccerway.