Napoli Also Considering Pursuing Seasoned Roma Target

Napoli are rivaling Roma in the fray to sign Mats Hummels on a free. The Partenopei want multiple defensive reinforcements and can’t spend big for all of them. They are also after Mario Hermoso, who’s in the same situation, Corriere dello Sport informed.

The veteran is buying time to assess his options. In addition, the Giallorossi would like to offload Chris Smalling before signing another man in the back.

Napoli could take advantage of the impasse and send their proposal to Hummels in the coming days. The Azzurri have reached agreement with Real Madrid to acquire Rafa Marin but are eager to create the right mix of youth and experience.

The 35-year-old is coming off a strong season and proved he still has some gas in the tank during Borussia Dotmund’s deep Champions League run. Antonio Conte favors adding a charismatic player to the rearguard, which lacked personality and leadership in 2023/2024.

The center-back headed back in 2018 after three years at Bayern Munich. He has collected over 500 appearances with his current team. He has won the Bundesliga six times and the World Cup in 2024.

Our Take on Napoli and Hummels

Given his style, he makes more sense for a three-man line, although Daniele De Rossi lets his defender handle the ball quite a bit. While he’d be a good fit in Campania, it’d be a lot better if they managed to persuade Torino to sell Alessandro Buongiorno. The two might be mutually exclusive as they’d handle the central role.

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