De Laurentiis Sets Budget for Meaningful January Window

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis took ownership of the poor season by his team so far in an unusual presser after the nil-nil tie against Monza, stating that the remedies would arrive from the transfer market.

According to Il Mattino (via Calciomercato), the Partenopei have set a €60M budget to bolster the squad during the winter. They are after several objectives in multiple roles.

The president declared.

“Everything that happened so far is my responsibility. The blame shouldn’t fall on the players or coaches, but just on me. I have to apologize to the Neapolitans if we are where we are in the standings. The season is long. We’ll be active on the transfer market.”

Should Napoli really use up the sum, it’d be their second wealthiest January since 2020, when they spent roughly €90M to sign Stanislav Lobotka, Matteo Politano, Diego Demme, Amir Rrahmani, and Andrea Petagna.

The Azzurri have accelerated their efforts to acquire Lazar Samardzic and Pasquale Mazzocchi. They might not stop at one midfielder. They could spend big for a defender. Natan will be out for a while, and Leo Ostigard could be let go. Like in the past, their dream is Giorgio Scalvini. Radu Dragusin is a target, but Tottenham are leading the race.

Our Take on Napoli

It’s a nice change of pace for De Laurentiis, who’s certainly partially at fault for their demise. With a couple of signings, and a few of their current players rounding into form, they’ll be frontrunners for a top-four finish.

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