Orel Mangala has landed on the radar of Napoli and Juventus, which are looking for midfield reinforcements. The Belgian would like a new experience after playing at Nottingham Forest for a few seasons, Calciomercato informed.
His side is open to letting him leave on an initial loan. The Partenopei have shown more interest than the Old Lady, which is still weighing whom to sign. Galatasaray tendered an offer, but it has been rejected.
Mangala would help Napoli and Juventus make up for their absences. He’s more offensive-minded than Frank Anguissa, but he’d still be useful. Jens Cajuste subbed off due to a thigh injury in the most recent Serie A game.
The Azzurri might not stop there as they are in talks with Fiorentina to acquire Antonin Barak. The Viola turned down their initial offer, but they won’t oppose a decent bid to sign him outright. The right formula could be a loan with a conditioned €6M obligation to make the transfer permanent. The two sides will convene while in Saudi Arabia shortly.
Per La Gazzetta dello Sport, the two players aren’t mutually exclusive and could arrive together, especially since they wouldn’t be expensive right away.
Our Take on Napoli, Juventus, Mangala, and Barak
The reigning champions are already behind schedule in the role, while the Bianconeri are better positioned to take their time to assess. They’d be two fine acquisitions that wouldn’t break the bank but wouldn’t have the same pop as Lazar Samardzic or other talents.
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