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Not many people can claim to be a World Cup Champion at the tender age of 23, but Germany's Christoph Kramer can.
Napoli looking to sign Christoph Kramer
07/19/2014
 
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Christoph Kramer celebrates on stage at the German team victory ceremo...

Not many people can claim to be a World Cup Champion at the tender age of 23, but Germany's Christoph Kramer can. The defensive midfielder started for Germany in the World Cup Final against Argentina, but was forced to come off in the 31st minute after a collision with Ezequiel Garay left him disorientated and confused. Despite the injury, Kramer made a real impression on clubs across Europe in the planet's most prestigious tournament, and now reports out of Italy are suggesting Napoli are close to a deal with Bayer Leverkusen  worth around €12m for Kramer's signature. 


Rafa Benitez has been looking for a midfielder all summer, with the likes of Maxime Gonalons, Yann M'Vila, and Lucas Leiva, all being linked to a move to the San Paolo. However, for one reason or another, Napoli have been unable to close on their targets for the middle of the park, and have identified Kramer as someone who would fit into Benitez's 4-2-3-1 system perfectly. 


Il Mattino and Tuttosport both suggest that Napoli originally offered  €8m but upped it to €10m with bonuses bringing the total to around €12m, which is what Leverkusen is said to be asking for. 


Kramer may be owned by Leverkusen, but he never actually featured in a match for the Bundesliga side. He spent two years on loan at Bochum, before being loaned out to Borussia Monchengladbach last season, where he featured in 30 Bundesliga matches, and enjoyed a breakout season. He has many of the characteristics Benitez admirers in a midfielder, and could be a massive acquisition for Napoli, if they manage to land him. 

 
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