Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has already gifted new boss Carlo Ancelotti several key pieces that promise to play prominent roles in this upcoming Serie A campaign. But without question, there is room for expansion in the squad in order to have another go at knocking Juventus off the throne atop Italy.
Edinson Cavani appears to be a pipe dream for the attack, with De Laurentiis downplaying any rumors linking the Paris Saint-Germain star to a second stint in Naples. And with the injury to €25 million investment Alex Meret who is sidelined indefinitely, it seems as though sporting director Cristiano Guintoli is surveying the market for a bargain to fill in between the sticks while the young Italian shot-stopper recovers. But besides these two areas which could be bolstered in the final weeks if the moves make sense financially, Napoli remain in the market to round out their defensive unit by exploring the idea of bringing in additional support at the right-back position.
Over the past several weeks, reports have been swirling about Italian media that Manchester United‘s Matteo Darmian is of interest to Napoli as not only has he made it abundantly clear that he wishes to leave England for more playing time, but the Italian would also be an ideal fit for what the club currently needs.
The former Milan youth product was a standout performer at Torino prior to making his big move to United, so he would return to Italian soil with a wealth of experience. However, it seems as though this deal has hit a snag as Napoli do no have intentions of meeting the €20 million asking price, nor his €2 million wage demands.
Of course, Napoli could re-enter talks later on but they do not want to leave their search for help to chance, which is why they have now redirected their efforts towards other targets.
Earlier in the week, the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio linked Tottenham’s Serge Aurier with a move to Italy, but Napoli would be forced to take up a non-EU spot to make it happen in which would rule out acquiring Mexican international Memo Ochoa to plug the hole in net.
After the deal for Bordeaux defender Youssouf Sabaly fell through due to complications with his physical status and Santiago Arias joined Atletico Madrid to replace Sime Vrsaljko who heads to Inter, the Scudetto hopefuls may need to dig deeper into their pockets and get creative to obtain their man.
One name that would be a phenomenal addition is Genoa’s Diego Laxalt, even if it means taking a slightly larger hit to the coffers to pull it off and perhaps deploying him on the opposite flank.
The Ururguyuan international marveled in Russia at the World Cup, demonstrating blistering pace and a willingness to cover a ton of ground on the left side. Obviously, the speedy 25-year old wingback would cost a bit more coming from a domestic sale, but his presence running down the channels and ability to swing in quality crosses makes him a viable option if Napoli can work out a deal.
Napoli will remain active in seeking value on the market to fill a few lingering voids ahead of the season, so expect reoccurring rumors to continue filing in.
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