Napoli Unwilling to Budge from Strict Salary Policy

Napoli will double down on the strategy that allowed them to cut costs but still strengthen the last team last summer. A few players are up for extensions, but the Partenopei have set a €3.5M per year cap on salaries. They will make only one or two exceptions, and there could be some casualties, La Gazzetta dello Sport relays.

Piotr Zielinski and Hirving Lozano are the two thorniest cases since their contracts are up in 2024. The Pole would like to stay, but he’s already at the limit. He’d like to get a pay hike, but the club thinks differently. There’s a chance he’s put up for sale if neither party change its position.

Instead, the Mexican winger makes €4.5M, on par with Victor Osimhen. He’d have to agree to a substantial cut to re-up with Napoli. Since he’s not a pivotal player and his production is seesawing, his departure is highly likely, according to the publication. Despite the team’s efforts, a new contract for Kim Min-Jae might not be agreed upon before mid-July after his release clause lapses.

The Partenopei will buy out Giacomo Raspadori for €25M. Their option is only a technicality to dilute the installments. Giovanni Simeone is likely to be confirmed for €12M. Tanguy Ndombele and Bartosz Bereszynski will head back to Tottenham and Sampdoria after so-so loan spells.

Our Take on the Napoli Strategies

Logic says that Zielinski and Lozano will head elsewhere in the summer to avoid losing them for nothing. However, there’s a chance the former stays, and he and the club take the talks into the final year of his deal, with the possibility of a Lorenzo Insigne-style exit just around the corner.

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