Juventus No Longer Controlling Sassuolo Starlet, Napoli Keen

Juventus were behind Hamed Traorè transferring from Empoli to Sassuolo in 2019. They had an option to sign him at a set price for a couple of years, but that is no longer the case. The Neroverdi will be able to decide his future freely in the summer.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Bianconeri could have acquired the starlet for €16M. They never exercised the clause and let it lapse, as they had different priorities. The 22-year-old showed glimpses but fully blossomed only in the last two months.

Juventus would have to negotiate the price tag with Sassuolo if they wanted to onboard Traorè. It is unlikely to happen, as they plan to go after a box-to-box midfielder in the summer, Sky informs. Instead, the starlet has thrived as a left-winger in a 4-2-3-1 scheme.

The role change and his eye-popping performances have drawn the attention of Napoli. They are looking for a replacement for Lorenzo Insigne in the same position. They have put the Ivorian attacker in their shortlist alongside Adnan Januzaj and Luis Sinisterra, Corriere dello Sport informs.

Traorè had an excellent rookie season in Serie A at Empoli at a very young age in 2018-2019, and then Sassuolo and Juventus engineered his move to Emilia. He only partially lived up to expectations in the following campaigns, posting 9 goals and 4 assists in 66 appearances. The departure of Jeremie Boga helped him flourish. He has hit the net three times and set up two teammates in the five most recent matches.