Napoli Down to Five Options in Search for New Defender

Napoli plan to take their time to find a defender to fill Kim Min-Jae’s large boots. Despite the windfall deriving from his departure, the Partenopei are unlikely to shell out an overly large fee for the newcomer, Rai informs (via Tuttomercatoweb).

According to journalist Ciro Venerato, Robin Le Normand is no longer a target because he’s too expensive. The Azzurri have assembled a five-name wish list for the position. On top of Lens’ Kevin Danso, Wolverhampton’s Max Kilman, and Stuttgart’s Konstantinos Mavropanos, the new additions are Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix and Dinamo Zagreb’s Josip Sutalo.

Napoli will pick the defender whose price tag comes closest to their valuation. Intermediary Vincenzo Morabito anticipated them spending roughly €20M for the new starter.

The Partenopei want to add another midfielder on top of addressing their rearguard, the pundit adds. However, they don’t have a ton of urgency. They have been offered Federico Bernardeschi, Giovanni Lo Celso, and Boubakary Soumaré.

Our Take on Napoli and Their New Defender

Sutalo would further their tradition of finding quality contributors in fairly unusual places. Kilman is the most established but also the priciest. Danso would combine reliability and potential, but Lens already gutted their team and usually play hardball.

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