Napoli Join List of Suitors for Verona Serbian Starlet

Napoli might let Diego Demme depart in January, as the backup is eager to play more, and they have inquired about Ivan Ilic as a potential replacement. The Partenopei would rather not make any deal in January and maintain the same squad considering how well they have fared in the first half of the season, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.

On the other hand, the veteran is openly unhappy with his current situation. The Azzurri will seek to accommodate his request. Salernitana, Monza, and Valencia are keen on him. However, his wages are robust, so finding a solution isn’t easy, Il Mattino relays. It’s also not sure whether he’d accept a move to a minnow.

Napoli gathered info on Ilic to potentially substitute their reserve. Verona set sky-high conditions to part ways with him in January, Calciomercato informs. The Azzurri proposed a loan with conditioned obligation to buy. Instead, the Scaligeri countered by asking €25M on the nail.

The Partenopei like the Serbian starlet, but such an investment is more likely for the summer. Lazio have repeatedly been linked to the 21-year-old in the event one of their midfield stars departed.

Our Take on Napoli Eyeing Ilic

He would be overqualified for the job considering that Stanislav Lobotka rarely rests. Still, the jury is still out on whether he’s more of a deep-lying midfielder or a box-to-box. He could easily deputize Piotr Zielinski as well, and it would be quite the coup for the Azzurri. However, he seems to be the one guy Verona are opposed to selling, if not for a mammoth fee. Probably they believe some foreign club could come over the top with a large bid.

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