Napoli Whittle Down Candidates to Fill Their Opening

Napoli have narrowed the list of options for their bench to three names: Paulo Sousa, Christophe Galtier, and Rudi Garcia. The deadline to poach the Salernitana manager is next Tuesday. While he and president Aurelio De Laurentiis had a long summit and discussed his contract, the president is averse to paying release clauses, even though the sum wouldn’t be too high, Corriere dello Sport informs.

The Portuguese gaffer reportedly touched base with Luciano Spalletti to collect info on the chairman and the team in general. Per La Repubblica, Christophe Galtier is currently in pole position. The Partenopei are waiting for his release from PSG. He will get €6M severance package given the early termination. That will contribute to lowering his demands.

According to Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Napoli are keener on the French boss because he has top team experience and had won with Lille beforehand. De Laurentiis had met him in the past before appointing Luciano Spalletti.

The call by the Azzurri is holding up a few situations. Salernitana would be in a pickle if Sousa didn’t leave. Free agent coaches are buying time. The candidates have been informed that they won’t collaborate with a sporting director but with the scouts, whom Maurizio Micheli helms, TuttoSport informs. It indicates that Cristiano Giuntoli will either join Juventus or be stripped of his duties in the final year of his contract.

Our Take on the Napoli Bench

If they really wanted Sousa, they probably would have already hired him at this point. The delay suggests they prefer Galtier or have an ace up their sleeve. The former’s exit clause isn’t a hindrance, also because his wages would be very affordable.

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