Napoli Lock Up Returning Loanee Folorunsho Long-Term

Napoli didn’t mend fences with Giovanni Di Lorenzo and his agent Mario Giuffredi, but the meeting was still productive as it pertains to another player since the parties reached an agreement to renew the contract of Michael Folorunsho until 2029, Tuttomercatoweb informs.

After several loan spells, most recently at Hellas Verona, the midfielder will stay put and be part of the rotation under Antonio Conte. His good showings with the Scaligeri allowed him to be called up for Euro 2024. He has logged only a handful of minutes in Germany so far.

Napoli signed Folorunsho from Serie C side Virtus Francavilla for €1M back in 2019. He spent three years in Lazio’s youth academy before going pro. He cut his teeth at Bari, Reggina, and Pordenone in the lower leagues.

The midfielder blossomed in particular with the two Southern sides. Coach Marco Baroni, who managed him with the Amaranto, pushed to sign him at Hellas Verona last summer. He recorded 5 goals in his maiden Serie A season.

According to the publication, Conte sees some of Arturo Vidal in the 26-year-old, especially from the physical standpoint.

Our Take on Napoli and Folorunsho

The confirmation is well-deserved, especially since they are paper-thin in the midfield but have their two starters in place there, so it’d make no sense to spend a lot for backups. While his pace and muscularity will come in handy, he played in more offensive positions with the Scaligeri. The new coach’s supposed go-to scheme, 3-4-3, doesn’t feature box-to-box midfielders, which figures to be the endpoint of his evolution.

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