Date: 9th February 2018 at 8:00pm
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The agent of Napoli midfielder has dismissed speculation linking the player with a €40m (£35m) move to or in the summer.

Arsenal have been tracking the Italian for a number of years but the Corriere del Mezzogiorno reported yesterday that the two Manchester clubs were now the leading contenders for the 26 year old.

Speaking to Radio Crc (quotes via, Joao dismissed the newspaper report as pure conjecture:

and Manchester City? When you’re playing for the Serie A leaders it’s only logical that important teams will ask for updates: for example on the length of the contract. I’m glad to come here [to Naples] too, it’s a very Brazilian climate. In Manchester it rains too often!”

has been in excellent form for Napoli. The midfielder has started 20 out of 23 league games for Maurizio Sarri’s side this campaign, being used as a deep lying playmaker, and helping to start many of the team’s attacks.

The Serie A side are currently top of the table, having scored 50 goals, and conceded just 14 in 23 matches this season. They have lost just one league match, and are currently one point ahead of their rivals Juventus.