Napoli Not Expected to Replace Juventus-Bound Giuntoli

Cristiano Giuntoli was eerily absent from Rudi Garcia’s presentation. President Aurelio De Laurentiis is likely to finally let the exec out of his contract so he can join Juventus as he wishes. He wasn’t consulted in the decision to hire the new gaffer, La Repubblica informs.

The Partenopei don’t plan to replace the official. Head scouts Maurizio Micheli and Leonardo Mantovani won’t follow him in Turin and will absorb his tasks. The owner will be more hands-on too. Longtime CEO Andrea Chiavelli will handle the formalities. Antonio Sinicropi, the chairman’s son-in-law and a former lower-league player, just graduated from Coverciano’s course and will join the management in a secondary role.

Giuntoli has been frozen out from the key decisions since he voiced his desire to jump ship. Napoli has so far blocked him since his contract runs out in 2024. According to Corriere dello Sport, he will soon have a meeting with De Laurentiis to clear the air. They will bargain the economic terms of his release and seek to part ways in a somewhat amicable way.

Napoli were linked especially to Pietro Accardi as a replacement. However, he extended his deal with Empoli. Frederic Massara and Igli Tare are free agents after leaving Milan and Lazio respectively. They were offered to the Azzurri, but there was no follow-up, Il Mattino informs.

Our Take on Napoli and Giuntoli

It would be a different matter if he were actively working for the side. It doesn’t make much sense to pay somebody to keep him on the sidelines for a year simply out of spite.

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