Napoli Eye Atleti Veteran and Udinese and Empoli Talents

Napoli will need reinforcements across the board this summer and added three more players to their shortlist: Mario Hermoso, Lorenzo Lucca, and Jacopo Fazzini. The defender will leave Atletico Madrid on a free. He has been strongly linked to Aston Villa. Roma are also interested, but the Azzurri are ahead of them, DAZN’s Orazio Accomando informs.

According to Il Mattino, the Partenopei reached out to Empoli to inquire about the budding midfielder. After the initial talks, the two teams aren’t on the same page. The Tuscan side wants €10M, while the counterparty offered a few million less. The two outfits have a tight relationship. Elia Caprile or other players could be inserted in the deal.

Napoli might need more than one striker in the summer and laid eyes on Lucca, Corriere dello Sport relays. Udinese are ready to buy him out from Ajax after he joined on an initial loan spell. They’ll shell out €8M plus add-ons but might receive larger bids right away. He has notched 9 goals and 4 assists in 39 matches this season. The Partenopei consider him a viable alternative to Mateo Retegui.

Giovanni Simeone might depart this summer, and they are open to listening to the offers for Giacomo Raspadori, who hasn’t lived up to his price tag.

In the meantime, they formally announced Giovanni Manna as their new sporting director.

Our Take on Napoli

They have many needs and won’t be able to address them all with top-end acquisitions, but they’ll have to hire the coach, sell Victor Osimhen, and make the call about Khvicha Kvaratskhelia before their secondary plans can really come into focus.

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