Napoli will focus more on the future squad than on tweaking the current one in January, and they have laid eyes on standout goalie Elia Caprile. He’s owned by their parent club Bari. While that facilitates the move, they have to overcome different hurdles.
As per Sky, Benfica are also keen on the shot-stopper. The Azzurri haven’t been able to come to terms with his agents for now. They aim to acquire him right away and let him finish the season on loan in Puglia. Half of the fee would go to Leeds United, his previous team.
Caprile has caught the attention of Napoli and other sides with his strong showings this season. He has kept 6 clean sheets in 19 appearances, allowing 19 goals. A product of the Chievo Verona academy, he moved to England in 2020.
He returned to the Peninsula for a loan spell at Pro Patria, where he proved his worth, swaying the Galletti into signing him and handing him the starting job. The prodigy debuted with Italy U-21 in September.
Our Take on Napoli and Caprile
Either with the Partenopei or elsewhere, he’s not long for Serie B since he’s been outstanding. He could use an intermediate step before joining a top club, though. The Azzurri did eventually re-up with Alex Meret after a long saga last summer, but he’s not tied to them long-term, just until 2025 considering an option. He’s been solid so far, but the management has repeatedly proven that they aren’t entirely sold on him.
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