Napoli Determined to Acquire One Top-Notch Defender

Napoli will attempt to fix their leaky defense this summer and are pursuing multiple center-backs, in particular Torino star Alessandro Buongiorno. The Granata are doing their best to stoke a bidding war. Their present Urbano Cairo recently stated that he wanted to keep ahold of him. The suitors will have to wait until the end of Euro 2024 for Italy before the fray can really start.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Antonio Conte has specifically asked for the 24-year-old. Aurelio De Laurentiis will try to fulfill the request. It’ll take a major disbursement. Their initial €35M offer, plus €5M add-ons, didn’t persuade the counterparty, at least for now.

Napoli will have to be patient in their pursuit of Buongiorno and wouldn’t stop there to shore up their rearguard. They have shown some interest in Arthur Theate, who’s at Rennes and head back to Serie A.

While Fiorentina’s Lucas Martinez Quarta is no longer an option, they could rekindle their pursuit of Udinese’s Nehuen Perez, who was very close to them in January. His teammate Jaka Bijol could be a fallback to their top target. Merih Demiral, who’s at Al-Ahli, is also on their radar.

Our Take on the Napoli Defense and Buongiorno

It’s their first order of business since their search for a new striker depends on Victor Osimhen, and the market for him has been tepid so far. The names suggested hint at a three-man line, which would be quite the deviation from their recent history. It’d be a big statement if they snapped up the Torino star while not participating in the Champions League.

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