Napoli Stuck on Two Serie A Targets for Right-Back Role

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis announced they would sign a right-back in January, and they haven’t expanded their list past their long-time options Marco Davide Faraoni and Pasquale Mazzocchi so far. The Partenopei will loan out Alessandro Zanoli, who’s pushing to move to Genoa, Alfredo Pedullà informs.

Verona would be happy to take in the youngster as well. Though, they would let go of their veteran regardless. Contrary to Salernitana, which demand a decent fee for their player, they could do it almost gratis.

Faraoni is currently the frontrunner over Mazzocchi to be the new Giovanni Di Lorenzo deputy at Napoli. Granata’s returning director Walter Sabatini slammed the Azzurri in his opening presser (via TuttoSport).

“They are interested, but it’s an indecorous situation. They can’t come to terms with him and then lodge a piddling offer. I know he would accuse me of clipping his wings, but I’ll be clear with him. If they want him, they must be willing to evaluate him as an important athlete who reached the national team.”

Our Take on Napoli, Faraoni, and Mazzocchi

The main difference is that the former is a proper linchpin and tough to replace for his side. Instead, the Scaligeri already have sound alternatives. Jackson Tchatchoua has been a revelation as a fullback, Filippo Terracciano can play on either wing, and Josh Doig should probably feature more already. The Salernitana staple is more dynamic, but the Scudetto holders just need a backup and should save their resources for more pressing needs.

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