Sassuolo: Only Napoli in for Vrsaljko

Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali has denied rumours that Atletico Madrid have entered the race to sign full-back Sime Vrsaljko.

The Neroverdi, who finished the Serie A season in sixth place, had earlier confirmed discussions with Napoli over signing the Croatia international.

However, reports have since emerged that Atletico have joined the chase for his signature and had even taken over as the favourites to do so by virtue of a €2 million per year wage offer.

“We have never spoken directly to Atletico Madrid, but I can instead confirm we are negotiating with Napoli,” Carnevali told reporters.

“We’ll see what happens, but in any case, we are not forced to sell anyone, especially not Vrsaljko.

“If he does leave, it’ll be only at the right conditions for him and for Sassuolo. If not, he will remain with us.”

The Serie A runners-up are believed to have offered Sassuolo €12m for Vrsaljko, along with the services of striker Duvan Zapata in a loan deal.

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