Al Shabab are making a serious attempt to lure Matteo Politano from Napoli, and the winger is thinking about it. The Saudi club offered €12M to the Azzurri. Instead, the attacker would earn €7M annually for three years, Gianluca Di Marzio informed.
The former Sassuolo and Inter player has collected 24 appearances so far, tallying 6 goals and 5 assists. He has cemented his status in their XI after Hirving Lozano’s departure and with Jesper Lindstrom struggling to adapt to Serie A football.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Virgilio), Politano is more interested in the proposal than Napoli. The fee isn’t too large at this stage. The extension talks with his camp have been thorny so far, and he’s under contract only until 2025. The Azzurri are leaning toward rejecting the bid to try to come to terms before the end of the season.
The Partenopei have to deal with another issue, as Giovanni Simeone would like to play more, Fabrizio Romano relays (via SOSFanta). The relationship between the parties is sound, but his departure can’t be ruled out should a decent bid arrive this month. Even without Victor Osimhen, he’s behind Giacomo Raspadori in the pecking order.
🇦🇷 Gio Simeone could be one to watch among strikers in potential domino in late January.
Cholito could leave Napoli in case of good proposal as he’s currently struggling with game time despite his performances.
Relationship with Napoli remains good but it’s open situation. pic.twitter.com/mZx1CPoQW4
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 4, 2024
Our Take on Napoli, Politano, and Simeone
It’s not a great spot for the Scudetto holders, as they’d need to find adequate replacements, especially for the former, while the windfalls wouldn’t be too great. They shouldn’t mess about with the renewals now that they have taken care of the most important one.
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