Napoli have completed the first move of what promises to be a pretty busy summer: after courting him in January, they have announced on Monday the acquisition of Simone Verdi from Bologna. They have reportedly paid a reasonable €25M fee to have him and the player signed a five-year contract.
After few mixed seasons coming off the youth season, Verdi started to showcase his talent in 2013-2014 at Empoli, with Maurizio Sarri at the helm, in Serie B. Owned by Milan, his growth stalled a little between the second year with the Azzurri and few months at Eibar, but then he started to demonstrate he belonged in Serie A in some limited appearances with Carpi, where he scored three times in eight games.
Bologna signed him in the summer of 2016 and that club became his launching pad. He racked up six goals and five assists in the first year, despite missing considerable time due an ankle injury. In the season that just ended, he collected double digit scores and assist and he was head and shoulder the Rossoblù’s best player. He has four international caps.
A very elegant footballer with impressive technique and an outstanding set piece taker with both feet, he is primarily a right winger, but has also spent time as trequartista and second-striker. As things stand, he will battle for minutes with José Callejon, but Carlo Ancelotti is expected to be more flexible tactically and rotate the squad more than his predecessor. With him, Amin Younes and Roberto Inglese all joining this summer, Napoli’s attack is stacked, but there can obviously be some outgoing movement.
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