Wolverhampton Turn Down Napoli First Offer for Defender

Napoli reportedly tabled a large bid for Wolverhampton’s defender Max Kilman, but it was rebuffed by the English side, which have plenty of leverage in the deal. The Partenopei are about to bid farewell to Kim Min-Jae. He will soon join Bayern Munich for €58M.

Per The Athletic (via Corriere dello Sport), the Scudetto champions tendered €35M for the Englishman. Instead, the Wanderers demand at least €40M. He’s under contract until 2026, with an option. Moreover, he isn’t pushing to leave, complicating the pursuit of the Serie A side.

Kilman is the latest addition to the Napoli list to replace their outbound defensive pillar. He spent most of his career at Wolverhampton and has 89 Premier League appearances under his belt. He’s coming off his most consistent season yet.

The Partenopei are keeping tabs on a plethora of options to replenish their defense, starting with Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini, but this is their first concrete bid.

Our Take on Napoli and Kilman

The Azzurri are clearly looking for a colossus, preferably but not necessarily left-footed, and he would fit the bill. On the other hand, despite the upcoming larger profit, such an offer would be unusually large for their standards, especially considering that he’s not particularly young.

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