Napoli are weighing adding a defender in January considering Natan’s struggles so far, and they have earmarked two names being pursued by Milan too, Clement Lenglet and Jakub Kiwior. As is the case for the Rossoneri, they want the former on loan from Barcelona, Il Mattino informs.
The Frenchman is likely destined to leave Aston Villa since he hasn’t gotten much playing time. However, he makes €6M per year. The Blaugrana would have to contribute largely to his wages.
Lenglet would be a lot easier to sign than Kiwior for both Napoli and Milan. While Arsenal aren’t totally averse to selling him since he hasn’t become a full-time starter, they are likelier to do so in the summer. In addition, since they shelled out €25M to purchase him from Spezia, they’d attempt to turn a profit. His price tag is €30/40M now.
According to Calciomercato, the Rossoneri are in the lead to capture the Barcelona outcast because their CEO Giorgio Furlani has solid ties with Wasserman, the agency representing him.
Our Take on Napoli, Milan, Lenglet, and Kiwior
Signing a veteran on a temporary spell and bailing on a prospect early would be highly unusual for the Azzurri. They will likely just be patient and bring in somebody only if there’s a big injury. Instead, it’d be more understandable for the other Serie A giant. The Pole might come back to Italy at some point, as it often happens, but it’d take a major investment.
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