In addition to halting a 33-year wait for the Serie A title last season, Napoli have done an exquisite job keeping their finances in order. Calcio e Finanza’s analysis shows that the reigning champions cut their salary bills during the summer.
Offloading the likes of Kim Min-Jae, Hirving Lozano, and Tanguy Ndombele has seen Napoli cut costs by approximately €3m compared to last season’s €71.8m gross wage bill. But it doesn’t mean new Napoli boss Rudi Garcia has a weaker squad at his disposal.
Victor Osimhen, whose Scudetto-worthy exploits made him a fan favorite at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, is understandably the club’s highest earner. With a salary of €4.5m net per season, the Nigerian striker sits atop the list, having turned down many lucrative proposals in the summer to pledge his future to Napoli.
While Osimhen’s place on the earner’s list is no rocket science, those closest to him have raised more than a few eyebrows. With all due respect to Piotr Zielinski, his commitment has been questionable in the summer, at the very least. He only barely stayed at Napoli, where he earns €3.5m net a year.
Napoli would be forgiven for keeping Zielinski in such high regard, yet making Stanislav Lobotka the club’s third-highest earner at €3.5m per season is somewhat surprising. That’s especially considering star winger Khivcha Kvaratskhelia takes home a mere €1m, which makes him one of the lowest-paid players in Naples.
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