Celta Vigo coach Rafael Benitez has confirmed genuine interest in Gabri Veiga, as his former club Napoli is approaching an agreement with the LaLiga team.
Reports from Spain previously indicated that Veiga’s contract includes a release clause valued at around €40m.
Napoli attempted to secure the 21-year-old’s services for a lower fee earlier this summer. However, their bid, which amounted to €33m including potential add-ons, was turned down this week.
Veiga remains Napoli’s primary target for midfield reinforcement, even after acquiring Jens Cajuste from Stade de Reims. The Spanish midfielder continues to be a sought-after addition, regardless of Piotr Zielinski’s potential decision to stay, despite interest from Saudi Arabia.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the start of Celta Vigo’s league campaign, Benitez said about Gabri Veiga: “He has a situation, like other players from a lot of other teams, in that the transfer market is open, he has a release clause and there is a lot of talk about his leaving.
“He is a player that I like, he can score goals and help the team win, but the situation is what it is. That’s how the market goes and the interest in him is real. For us, the ideal would be to resolve the situation soon, but otherwise, I’m glad I have him.”
”I spoke to him and told him to manage this situation as best he could and to concentrate exclusively on working with the team. I realize, of course, that it’s not easy for him. The transfer market is beyond our control.”