Napoli Made an Early Attempt to Lure Genoa Playmaker

Albert Gudmundsson bagged his maiden Serie A goal in the recent midweek round and followed it up with a dazzling brace against Udinese. His name already popped up on the radar of the top teams, even more so after his latest showings.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli tried to poach him last summer while seeking an extra attacker. However, Genoa managed to extend his contract, making sure he’d stay put. He wasn’t eager following the promotion either.

Gudmundsson needed about six months to adapt to Italian football. He was the one to open the gate between AZ Alkmaar and the Peninsula. Milan’s Tijjani Reijnders, Bologna’s Sam Beukema and Jesper Karlsson, and Cagliari’s Pantelis Hatzidiakos followed suit last summer.

The electrifying Icelandic forward comes from a family of footballers. His great-grandfather played with Milan back in the day. The Rossoblù onboarded him for €1.2M. After a stellar campaign in Serie B and a solid start in the top flight, his price tag has spiked up to at least €15M. Some Premier League teams are taking note too.

Our Take on Gudmundsson

His talent was obvious last season already, so it’s no surprise that a big team tried to scoop him up, and Napoli aren’t new to rolling the dice. Jesper Lindstrom has more upside, but he would have had a quicker transition and given them another versatile option and a great super-sub.

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