Meret Loan Move from Napoli to Spezia Falls Through

The Napoli conundrum between the sticks remains unresolved, and Alex Meret is still in the mix as his rumored transfer to Spezia collapsed. The Aquilotti will ultimately sign Bartlomiej Dragowski from Fiorentina as their new starter.

As per SportMediaset, the deal didn’t come to fruition because, while the Partenopei were open to sending him on loan, they wanted Ivan Provedel in return as a back-up. However, the goalkeeper has given his word to Lazio and will not backtrack. He has already reached Rome to take the medicals.

While Meret would have joined on a temporary spell from Napoli, the Aquilotti will acquire Dragowski outright. They will pay €2M plus add-ons and 50 percent of a future sale to Fiorentina. The Polish shot-stopper will finalize the switch in short order too.

Instead, the Azzurri will have to either find a new destination for their goalie or keep him even if they bring in a clear starter before deadline day. He was previously linked to Torino and Leicester City too. The Partenopei remain in talks with Chelsea for Kepa Arrizabalaga. Moreover, while Keylor Navas probably won’t be directly part of the Fabian Ruiz deal, the two clubs have discussed him in their recent conversations, Gianluca Di Marzio informs.

Our Take on Meret and Napoli

Spezia would have been an odd destination as he would have gone backward in terms of career progression. A permanent sale makes more and more sense each day. Unfortunately for Napoli, the matter has dragged on for too long. Unless they act with unusual swiftness, he will start in the first few games and, given the challenging environmental situation, that could spell trouble.

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