Published On: Sun, Jan 5th, 2014

Napoli boss blocks move for Genoa defender

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Luca Antonelli - Genoa boss is believed to have blocked the signing of defender .

Antonelli had been widely expected to sign for the Partenopei during the winter mercato, but negotiations are now thought to have ended after Benitez decided that the Grifone left-back was not the reinforcement needed in the Napoli back four.

According to Sport Mediaset, the Spanish tactician rejected a move for Antonelli so that the club could focus on signing full-back .

The 27-year-old Campania native is valued at approximately €16 million by Zenit and has been heavily linked with a return to in order to secure a place in the Italy squad.

Criscito joined the Russian side in 2011 following spells with Genoa and .

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