Politano Poised to Snub Saudi Offer to Stay at Napoli

Matteo Politano mulled a proposal from Saudi team Al Shabab, but he’s set to reject it and continue with Napoli. He and the club have rekindled the negotiation to extend his contract, and the outcome will likely be positive, Fabrizio Romano informs (via Il Mattino).

The winger had always been skeptical about departing as he’d like to finish his career with the Azzurri. However, the proposal from the emerging league was enticing, €7M annual wages for the next three seasons. But he’s ready to re-commit to his current club.

Napoli and Politano should come to terms relatively soon as his contract expires in 2025. The team could add two more years to it.

In the meantime, the Scudetto winners are probing the market for an addition in the same role, Gianluca Di Marzio informs. They tabled a bid for Cyril Ngonge, but it came short of Hellas Verona’s €11/12M demand. They have swooped in for Hamed Traoré and want to seal the deal quickly.

Our Take on Napoli and Politano

While a move to Saudi Arabia would be understandable in other cases, for instance, Leonardo Spinazzola, other than the money, it wouldn’t have been logical for him as he finally obtained the starring role he aspired to have for a few years.

Jesper Lindstrom has struggled so far, but they invested heavily in him, and youngsters often just need some time. A right winger shouldn’t be high on their list of priorities, while Traoré is more versatile.

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