Napoli Set to Have a Head Start over the Competition

Napoli fell short in Champions League this season, but they’ll be able to plan their moves well in advance to have a better shot in 2023/2024. While the news about Juventus threw the race into disarray, they are on the verge of clinching the qualification. It will happen in the next round or the ensuing one, La Gazzetta dello Sport relays.

That will give the Partenopei a clear competitive advantage. Aurelio De Laurentiis announced that Luciano Spalletti would stay at the helm a month ago. The club holds a unilateral option to prolong the coach’s contract. The two will have to share future projects, but they’ll be able to do it early. There shouldn’t be any surprises. Director Cristiano Giuntoli shouldn’t go anywhere, either.

The chairman blistered publicly at the buzz about handing Khvicha Kvaratskhelia a new deal, as his present one is already long-term, but it could happen. Napoli have an open channel of communication with his agent Mamuka Jugeli, and the player has bonded with the city.

On the transfer market, the Azzurri will focus on the midfield. Tanguy Ndombélé won’t be bought out, and Diego Demme will likely leave. They are keen on Zulte Waregem’s Pape Diop, who could become the new Stanislav Lobotka’s deputy. Lazar Samardzic would be their primary target if they couldn’t come to terms with Piotr Zielinski. They don’t currently need a center-forward, but Rasmus Hojlund would be top of the queue if they ever did.

Our Take on Napoli and Champions League

They had a shot this year already. Everything depends on Victor Osimhen. If they manage to keep him, then they’ll be among the favorites. They are set to improve naturally since they are a relatively new team.

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