By Alex Taylor

Napoli are preparing to extend the contract of potential Liverpool target Marek Hamsik, according to a report.

Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Italian giants have reached an agreement with the attacking midfielder to renew his contract at the club. It would be for a four-year extension with the option of a fifth year. 

Liverpool have been on the hunt to improve their goal-scoring arsenal this summer, after it seems that both Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli are on their way out.

The Slovakia international has been a key figure in the Serie A club’s renaissance in recent years and has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.

A report from Tribal Football claimed that Napoli had an offer on the table from Liverpool earlier in the transfer window worth £53.1million, a £34.7million fee with £4.6million wages a year over four years.

Hamsik starred in Slovakia’s first two group games at Euro 2016, scoring the winner against Russia with a fantastic curling effort.

During his nine years at Napoli, Hamsik has scored an impressive 98 goals in 403 appearances from his attacking midfield position and also weighed in with 93 assists.

He has also scored 18 goals in 86 international appearances.

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