Napoli President De Laurentiis Met with Paulo Sousa

Napoli are regrouping after missing out on a few targets to fill their opening on the bench and added one further option to their board, Salernitana’s gaffer Paulo Sousa. Aurelio De Laurentiis had a long summit with the Portuguese boss last Friday, Corriere dello Sport informs.

The duo went into detail regarding his contract and tactical plans. Granata’s sporting director Morgan De Sanctis had just announced in a presser the manager would stay put in 2023/2024. The team picked up its clause to renew his deal till 2025. However, he can get out of it by paying a €1M penalty by June 20th.

That gives Napoli a few days to decide whether to go with Paulo Sousa or turn to other options. He would reportedly continue using 4-3-3, which is a sticking point for the Partenopei patron, despite relying on different schemes in his previous stops. The Scudetto champions were informed over the weekend that Vincenzo Italiano wouldn’t leave Fiorentina. Instead, Rafa Benetiz, Christophe Galtier, and Rudi Garcia are keen on taking over.

Salernitana would be interested in some Azzurri youngsters to smooth over the process. They are likely to move on from the tactician regardless of whether he gets the job due to his about-face. Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Vincenzo Montella, and Francesco Farioli are on their early shortlist, Tuttomercatoweb informs.

Our Take on Napoli and Paulo Sousa

He has been okay in Italy but rather poor in other countries. His style is very modern, which suits the squad. The coaching search has been more challenging than expected. The behind-the-scenes turmoil and the president’s ego might have turned away some candidates.

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