The Partenopei have been flying so far this season. They sit pretty atop the Serie A table, 1 point ahead of Reigning Champions Juventus.
After two groundbreaking injuries to Faouzi Ghoulam (Left-Back) and Arkadiusz Milik (Striker), Napoli will want to strengthen the squad’s depth in case of further injuries to key players. Well-known and highly regarded transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, represented by Sky Italia, announced a few open negotiations for specific players Napoli are looking at on his nightly transfer talk show.
According to Di Marzio, Napoli are prioritizing a transfer for Bologna’s Simone Verdi. The very talented and versatile winger reportedly does not feel the need to transfer during January. However, if Napoli are to pay Bologna’s asking price, (between €18m-€20million) then the Italian winger may be persuaded to join as early as January. For the foreseeable future, the negotiations are on stand-by.
Moreover, Napoli are also interested in strengthening their wing-back depth. With the absence of Ghoulam due to a torn ACL, they will be smart to acquire a versatile defensive wing-back. The man they’ve been monitoring for a while has been Atletico’s Sime Vrsaljko. However, the Croatian is only allowed to leave in June. Therefore, Napoli have now set their sights on Porto’s young Right-back Diogo Dalot. The Portuguese Right-Back currently has a release clause of €20m that will eventually rise, therefore making negotiations a bit difficult.
Now onto players that will join Napoli in the near future: According to Di Marzio, negotiations for Benevento’s Amato Ciciretti and Ajax’s Amin Younes are all but concluded. Whether both players will arrive in January or at the end of the season is yet to be determined.
Finally, Napoli are currently racing with Inter to the signature of Sassuolo’s Matteo Politano. The Left-Winger is currently not up for sale by the neroverdi, however Sassuolo have been showing signs of giving in. The player would like Napoli as a destination thus Napoli’s only tough task is to persuade Sassuolo to sell as early as January.