Serie A club Napoli are engineering a high-profile double signing this summer, with the Mirror claiming the Naples-based outfit have targeted the Spanish duo of Rafael Benitez and Fernando Torres.
Napoli manger Walter Mazzarri has resigned from his position, despite leading the club to second in the league and qualifying for the Champions League. The Mirror believes he is set to join Inter Milan, who have endured a horrible season and have finished ninth.
Former Valencia and Liverpool manager Benitez is expected to be relieved of his post as interim Chelsea boss despite guiding the Blues to third in the Premier League and winning the UEFA Europa League title. The report claims the Italian club's representatives met Benitez in London before he flew to the United States for post-season friendly games against Manchester City.
Benitez has also been linked to the managerial post at Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain.
The Parc des Princes club are led by Italian Carlo Ancelotti but the former AC Milan and Chelsea boss has been linked with nine-time European champions Real Madrid, who will part ways with coach José Mourinho at the end of the season. In what is likely to add to a confusing period of managerial musical chairs, Mourinho has been linked with a return to west London and Chelsea.
Napoli Also Approach Tottenham for Andre Villas-Boas
There are also reports Napoli have approached north London side Tottenham, for Portuguese boss Andre Villas-Boas. AVB, also a former Chelsea manager, joined White Hart Lane in the summer and has led the side to fifth in the Premier League, narrowly missing out on the Champions League.
The Metro quotes Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, speaking to Portuguese paper DN, as saying: "Yes" when asked if he was interested in the former FC Porto boss, adding, "There is a very tempting argument to hire a young coach here."
Napoli to Reunite Torres and Benitez
Meanwhile, the Naples club's approach for Spain striker Fernando Torres highlights their ambition to present a strong title challenge next season and do well in the Champions League.
Torres has had a disappointing time at Stamford Bridge since his £50m move from Liverpool and Chelsea believed to be targeting goal scoring stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao, the former Atlético Madrid man may be forced to move on. And should he do so, the chance to reunite with Benitez for a third time, and play in the Champions League, may persuade him to move to Napoli.
The Italian club expect to lose Uruguayan Edinson Cavani to Manchester City, in what the Mirror believes will be a £50m deal. Torres is unlikely to command the same value he did when he signed for the Blues so any move for the Spaniard could leave Napoli with change to invest in other players.