Marek Hamsik’s curtain call opens the door for Amadou Diawara at Napoli

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Bombshell transfer news struck post-match of Napoli’s 3-0 win over Sampdoria at the Stadio San Paolo as Carlo Ancelotti revealed to the media “talks are in progress over a potential move” for Slovakian Marek Hamsik.

The eyebrow-raising Italian boss went on further to explain the Partenopei “will work to satisfy his wishes,” but according to Sky Sport’s Gianluca Di Marzio, it seems like president Aurelio de Laurentiis has already.

Di Marzio has reported the 31-year old, who has been a folklore hero in Naples for 12 years and is the club’s all-time leader in goals and appearances, will join Chinese outfit Dalian Yifeng for a fee of €15 million. He is expected to earn €9 million per season under a new three-year contract. Continue reading

Four Takeaways From Napoli’s 0-0 Stalemate with Milan

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Familiar faces met yet again last night at the San Siro as Gennaro Gattuso and his mentor Carlo Ancelotti squared off in a clash between Milan and Napoli.

The first half of action saw the Rossoneri assert themselves and threaten to go ahead, while the visitors swung momentum in their favor after the break only to see several attempts go awry.

In the end, the two played to a 0-0 draw. Here are four takeaways from the Partenopei’s stalemate in Milano: Continue reading

Ancelotti, Napoli look to rebound on home turf against Fiorentina

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Napoli entered the recent international break with a sour taste in their mouth as the defeat away to Sampdoria 3-0 at the Marassi opened the Partenopei up for criticism.

While Fabio Quagliarella’s awe-inspiring back-heel goal went viral and stole most of the attention, the Scudetto hopefuls were lambasted for their collective effort, and now Carlo Ancelotti’s men enter must-win mode this weekend at home against a hot Fiorentina side in order to keep pace with Juventus at the top. Continue reading

Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli work to establish Jorginho’s replacement

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The Carlo Ancelotti era is officially underway in Naples for the Italian boss, with pre-season in full swing and preparations being made for his Napoli side to have another go at dethroning the mighty Juventus for the coveted Scudetto in 2018-19.

Thus far, president Aurelio De Laurentiis and his Partenopei have been relatively active on the transfer front, having already bolstered the roster with Simone Verdi, Alex Meret and Fabian Ruiz – among other acquisitions. On the departure side of business, veteran keeper Pepe Reina and Christian Maggio have moved on for free to Milan and Benevento respectively, while Duvan Zapata was sold outright to Atalanta after a solid loan spell at Sampdoria. However, no sale from the Serie A runner-up leaves a bigger void than midfield orchestrator Jorginho. Continue reading

Amadou Diawara and his foggy future at Napoli

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It’s no secret. Napoli have on their hands a future star midfielder in Amadou Diawara, yet he hasn’t entirely been granted the full opportunity to prove it to the rest of the world in Naples as Jorginho’s always remained ahead of him under the recently departed Maurizio Sarri. However, with the 26-year old Italian controller reportedly set to finalise a big move to Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s ideal tempo-setter, there are questions to be asked about Diawara. Will he now be handed full reins at the base of the midfield, or do the rumours of president Aurelio De Laurentiis exploring the market for recruits in the Guinean’s role mean his days in azzurro are numbered?  Continue reading

Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti Should Consider Building His Midfield Around Jorginho

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After months of speculation in the media surrounding his future at the club, manager Maurizio Sarri’s era as Napoli boss came to an end earlier this past week as president Aurelio De Laurentiis announced the chainsmoking Italian tactician would no longer be in charge.

Sarri, who has been at the helm of the Partenopei since 2015, transcended the way Napoli football was played with an aesthetically pleasing brand that earned widespread praise and plaudits across continental Europe.   Continue reading