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Schira Exclusive: Napoli Close Door On Behrami & Zapata

Ready to return to the battle for the Belgian Fellaini of Manchester United, Napoli is working to slim down their core; Valon Behrami during the day will say his goodbyes and sign with Hamburg. The Kosovo-Swiss midfielder’s agent has already been in Germany for 24h and he will seal the deal shortly.

Napoli will receive €4.5m plus a €500m bonus for the 29 year-old’s rights, who was also being looked at by Inter. However, Aurelio De Laurentiis had asked the nerazzurri for ten million (seemingly just to spite Mazzarri); too much for a player of his age. So it is that the ex-viola man will go to the Bundesliga.

Things are heating up for Duvan Zapata as well, who for months has been the apple of Gianluca Petrarchi’s eye. Petrarchi will go to any cost to bring him to Torino, where relations with Napoli are excellent. A loan for the 23 year-old should prove a most simple task.

Benitez, however, has not yet given the approval for the Colombian “panther” to leave. It is likely that the green light will come after the playoffs for the Champions League, when the Neapolitans’ mercato will really come to life.



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