Napoli are getting ready to spend big this summer with their eventual automatic place in next season’s Champions League. Among the names that have been listed as eventual transfers in, there are also some players already on the squad that are likely to leave.
Yesterday, calciomercato expert Alfredo Pedulla stated that Napoli are looking towards:
- Adding depth to the midfield and defense.
- Renewing Gonzalo Higuain’s contract.
- Adding another ‘keeper to possibly replace Pepe Reina.
Napoli would like to use their option on Marco Sportiello as soon as possible as to not lose the talented goalkeeper to another team. They will also be welcoming back in Luigi Sepe from his loan away to Fiorentina this past season.
Adding depth to the midfield means keeping the current trio of Jorginho, Hamsik and Allan while also adding quality players to give those three rest from time to time. The names that Pedulla mentions are Marten De Roon, Davy Klaassen and Matias Vecino. Napoli have an option on De Roon that would give them priority over other offers from other teams. As far as Klaassen and Vecino, Pedulla reiterates that Klaassen rests an feasible acquisition despite his recent comments stating he wouldn’t leave Ajax. As far as Vecino, Fiorentina could open up to listening to offers from other teams for the Uruguayan.
Now onto the defense, where Napoli must improve in order to seriously challenge for the coveted scudetto. Pedulla states that Napoli are seriously pursuing Lorenzo Tonelli of Empoli and Sime Vrsaljko of Sassuolo (who would like Duvan Zapata in exchange). As far as Nikola Maksimovic, a player that Napoli pursued heavily during the winter transfer session, Torino must reduce their transfer valuation of the player before Napoli pursue the Serb any further due to his poor performances this year. Moreover, Napoli are looking for an agreement on a transfer fee with River Plate for promising Argentinian center back Emanuel Mammana. Kalidou Koulibaly has many offers from around Europe however, the Senegalese defender wants to stay in Naples. Raul Albiol has an intriguing offer from Valencia and should the Spanish defender leave back for La Liga, Napoli will purchase two more center backs + Emanuel Mammana.
It seems Napoli have lost out on the opportunity to sign Martin Caceres as what the former Juventus defender is asking for in wages is way out of Napoli’s reach. Finally, the operation to bring Sven Kums in to Napoli seems to have slid out of reach as there have been no updates on the matter.
Whether or not Napoli purchase all their transfer targets this summer no one can tell. One thing is for certain however, that Napoli will be a protagonist in this summer’s edition of calciomercato.