Catania have admitted that Jorge Martinez could be set to leave the club after talks were held with Napoli.
The Uruguayan has caught the eye with a string of impressive performances this season and his agent revealed last month that Manchester City were among the interested parties.
Catania director Pietro Lo Monaco has since entered negotiations with Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon, although it is unclear whether their Serie A rivals would be able to match the offer of a club like City.
Lo Monaco is braced for Martinez's departure but is not sure if his future will be resolved until after the World Cup.
"Yesterday, I spoke with Bigon, but he told me that the club cannot afford him," Lo Monaco told Sport Show.
"I almost had to laugh. If the club owned by [Aurelio] De Laurentiis cannot buy a player like him, then football is finished.
"In any case, there are other foreign clubs that have shown an interest in him, and have taken a step forward in order to capture his signature.
"We wait here confident that after the World Cup, we will be able to work something out."