Napoli and Monza Seal Mutually Beneficial Double Deal

Napoli have reached agreement with Matija Popovic, but he’ll join them only in the summer. He was poised to sign with Milan until his entourage irked the management with some late requests. However, the Azzurri can’t add another extra-EU player and needed a Serie A partner. They found one in Monza, where the youngster will play for the next six months, Gianluca Di Marzio informs.

The Scudetto winners were about to do the deal with Frosinone. The Gialloazzurri found out they filled their slots too late in the game. They were set to bring in Alessio Zerbin as part of the package, but he’ll also go to Brianza.

Napoli have ironed things out with Popovic and Monza on Monday. He already took the medicals. They steered the Italian winger toward them since they did them a solid about the prospect. He’ll transfer on a season-long loan.

The 18-year-old is a free agent as his contract with Partizan has run out. He recorded 21 goals and 5 assists in 25 games in Kadetska Liga this season. He was linked to Juventus after the whole brouhaha with Milan, but they prefer onboarding Vasilije Adzic and keeping their options open.

Monza CEO Adriano Galli asked Napoli to insert Zerbin in the Popovic deal. Their request was met. The talent has risen to prominence in the last couple of weeks but has logged just 145 minutes in Serie A play. Moreover, the Azzurri just signed Cyril Ngonge and Hamed Traoré.

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