Napoli are tracking Manchester City anchorman Javi Garcia, according to sources in Italy.

Rafa Benitez, the Napoli manager, intends to sign a new central midfielder in the New Year and he is now weighing up a swoop for Spain international Garcia.

The 26-year-old, who moved to City from Benfica for £17m last year, has shown mixed form at the Etihad Stadium and looks unlikely to break up Manuel Pellegrini’s first-choice central-midfield pairing of Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.

talkSPORT told you earlier this month of Garcia’s intention to remain at City for a "long time", but Napoli hope that the presence of a Spanish manager and several of his compatriots, including Pepe Reina and Raul Albiol, could persuade him to leave the Etihad in the near future.