After a heart breaking second place finish this year in this year’s Scudetto race, President Aurelio De Laurentiis looked to make some strategic changes.
Despite a very successful season with Napoli, coaching sensation Maurizio Sarri is inevitably on the move to Chelsea, and ADL has replaced him on the bench by signing three-time Champion’s League winner Carlo Ancelotti.
Like De Laurentiis, Ancelotti also has very high expectations for this upcoming mercato. With new names being labeled as transfer targets every day, existing players on the club will have to evaluate their existing status on the club.
With all of this being said: Who should stay? Who should go?
Who should go?
Jose Callejon: The 31 year old Spanish player found the fountain of youth this season for the Partenopei. The speedy right winger netted 10 goals and also dished out 10 assists throughout 38 appearances for the club. With opposing forces focusing all of their energy and game planning on Mertens and Insigne, Callejon seemed to be the perfect pacey compliment for the deadly trio of pace. Milan has seemed increasingly interested in the Callejon’s talents, preparing an 18 million euro bid for the player. With the impressive Verdi on the verge joining the squad, Napoli should cash out on the aging winger to make room for the exciting winger from Bologna.
Jorginho: This seems to be the transfer everybody can bet on happening. With Manchester City recently preparing a 58 million euro bid for the Italian-Brazilian midfielder, his talents can flourish under Pep Guardiola’s genius, just like Kevin De Bruyne, Silva, and Toure all have. Ancelotti should probably build his midfield around the Italian tempo-setter, but the money may be too good to pass up with the club expected to replenish in other areas.
Who should stay?
Kalidou Koulibaly: The defender from Senegal just experienced his most successful season yet. The 26 year old proved to be a stalwart on defense, rarely ever letting strikers get the best of him. With Sarri possibly on the move to Stamford Bridge, many reports in Italy have also linked Koulibaly to follow his old coach for record setting fees. The most recent report saying an 80 million euro transfer bid has been tabled, but ADL has stated he is not letting his prized centre-half departing for anything less than 120 million euros. Koulibaly should consider staying in the city where he made a name for himself, and cement his legend status for the citizens of Naples in an effort for a Scudetto.
Marek Hamsik: After the disappointing end to this season, Hamsik has been second guessing his place on the club. After being immortalized by the city of Naples this year for breaking Maradona’s goal scoring record, the last thing the supporters want to see after their beloved coach go is their capitano depart as well. Hamsik has always rejected the big money bids to stay with the club, and he should do the same again.