The Italian media believed a deal was close for Napoli to sign the 24-year-old for for €25-30m.
However, the information from Brazil is different, with Globo stating that the Italians have taken a step back.
Talks did take place between Napoli and Everton, who received and analysed the Partenopei’s salary proposal.
However, talks stopped there as Napoli considered other options to strengthen their forward line.
Napoli bide their time
The Serie A club still have an interest in Everton, but no official offer was ever made to Gremio.
With the Italian transfer window not due to close until September 2, Napoli know there is no hurry.