Napoli Unwilling to Overspend for Leeds-Linked Star

Napoli have been tracking Azzedine Ounahi, but the longer it takes, the fewer chances they have to land him. The Partenopei laid eyes on him well before the World Cup. They hoped to secure him for next summer for a low fee, but his strong displays in Qatar drove up his price tag.

According to Alfredo Pedullà, the Azzurri reached out to Angers when his valuation was around €10M. They could spend up to €15-17M, maybe a little more with add-ons. However, they won’t break the bank.

Napoli are reluctant to participate in bidding wars, which is already the case for Ounahi. Leicester City and Olympique Marseille tested the waters in recent weeks. Leeds United have forcefully come forward in the last few days.

Per Il Mattino, the Whites are outbidding the Serie A giants, as they have tendered €25M. On the other hand, the midfielder prefers transferring to Italy, so the Partenopei continue to have a solid chance of coming out on top, L’Equipe informs (via Virgilio).

Our Take on Napoli and Ounahi

Considering their usual MO, since they like to operate swiftly and under the radar, things might have gotten already too messy, public, and expensive for the Azzurri. They have to hope the Moroccan star maintains his stance and that Angers won’t insist on simply selling him to who offers the most. The fact that they would onboard him only at the end of the season might work in their favor, but usually money talks in these instances.

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