Napoli bought out Giovanni Simeone from Hellas Verona Thursday, but he’s not a lock to stay put, as Lazio continue to be keen on adding him to their frontline. The Azzurri paid €15.5M in total to acquire El Cholito.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, presidents Aurelio De Laurentiis and Claudio Lotito confabulated about the striker while they were in Milan to attend Silvio Berlusconi’s funeral. The striker’s price tag is about what the Scudetto champions just shelled out. The Biancocelesti asked for a discount and a favorable formula.
Simeone could be a piece of a larger conversation between Napoli and Lazio. The capital side would target Piotr Zielinski should they lose either Luis Alberto or Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, which is likely. The Partenopei will kick-start their transfer market now that they have finally appointed their new coach.
Maurizio Sarri’s side is tracking a few options to deputize Ciro Immobile. Santos’ prodigy Marcos Leonardo and Feyenoord’s Santiago Gimenez are on the list. They have taken an interest in Boulaye Dia. However, his price tag is hefty.
Our Take on Simeone, Napoli, and Lazio
He has already proven to be a perfect super-sub and backup. On the other hand, the room for him in Campania will continue to be small unless Victor Osimhen departs. He’d surely have more playing time in Rome considering Ciro Immobile’s age and injury woes. While recent events suggest that the Azzurri will keep him, as they could have just let him go, a transfer for the right fee could be beneficial for all parties.
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