Napoli Poised to Stick with Current Top Option on Goal

Napoli and Antonio Conte will overhaul the squad this summer, but there shouldn’t be surprises between the sticks, as the gaffer is keen on confirming Alex Meret as the starter. The call is likely to lead to an extension since the contract of the shot-stopper only lasts until 2025, Il Mattino informed (via Tuttomercatoweb).

The 27-year-old has been in Campania since 2018 but always proceeded with short-term deals. His current one was automatically prolonged for one extra season thanks to an automatic appearance-based option. Despite a pair of injuries, he featured in 70 percent of the matches in 2023/2024.

New Napoli director Giovanni Manna and the agent of Meret, Federico Pastorello, will meet in the coming weeks to start discussing a two-year renewal. The Partenopei will subsequently have to decide what to do with Elia Caprile. He had a successful loan spell at Empoli.

They invested €7M to sign the goalie from their sister team Bari last summer. He could either stay and serve as the backup or go out temporarily again. They’ll need to look for a new deputy. Pierluigi Gollini won’t be redeemed and will head back to Atalanta.

Our Take on Napoli and Meret

He’s good and reliable enough if the defense is working, which was rarely the case last season. However, it’s a little odd as switching things up between the sticks would be an easy way to collect some cash. Caprile is at a similar level and might have more upside. They don’t need a high-profile no.12 without the cups. Perhaps they anticipate significant offers for the youngster.

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