Napoli Handed Some Hope of Luring Away Gasperini

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has pressed pause on other candidates to see whether he really has a chance to appoint Gian Piero Gasperini. He’ll have to wait, though, as the manager has postponed any discussion about his future to the end of the season.

The patron heaped praise on the gaffer talking to Tag24.

“I always watch the Atalanta games with great pleasure because they have a very good coach, excellent players, and a very interesting brand of football.”

Owner Antonio Percassi was quizzed about Napoli pursuing Gasperini after the victory over Marseille by Sky.

“He has been key to our growth in the last few years. He’s peculiar at times, but he has done an extraordinary job and proved it one more time. He has another year on his contract, so it’s impossible for other teams to poach him. Then, if he came forward personally, we’d evaluate with great regret but would be ready to deal with that situation.”

According to Il Mattino, Napoli are preparing a three-year contract for Gasperini, matching his current €3.3M salary factoring in add-ons. Money-wise, De Laurentiis would make an exception just for Antonio Conte. Stefano Pioli would have to take a pay cut compared to his Milan salary.

Our Take on Napoli and Gasperini

It’d be a great result to a sloppy process. They’ll have to cheer for Atalanta to take home a trophy in their two finals. The boss might see that as a fitting end to his run and opt to take on a new challenge.

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