Napoli are on the prowl for a quality defender after missing out on Radu Dragusin and inquired about familiar names, such as Fiorentina’s Lucas Martinez Quarta and Rennes’ Arthur Theate. The Genoa star has made up his mind and will join Tottenham, which staved off a late push by Bayern Munich, Gianluca Di Marzio relays.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) January 10, 2024
The Partenopei probed Nehuen Perez. Udinese don’t want to let him go since they won’t have their staple Jaka Bijol for a couple of months due to injury. They tried to expand the deal involving Lazar Samardzic, which caused the other negotiation to slow down too. At this stage, there’s no total agreement between the three parties for the Serbian starlet.
🚨⚪️ Understand these are final details of Radu Dragusin deal between Spurs and Genoa.
◉ €25m fixed fee.
◉ €5m add-ons, now very easy to reach.
◉ Spence on loan with salary paid by #THFC.
💡 Genoa signed Dragusin for bit more than €5m plus add-ons in August… top deal. pic.twitter.com/qqdNhfodYB
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 10, 2024
On top of Martinez Quarta, Napoli are considering Rennes defender Theate. He has been linked to Roma as well. Rennes don’t seem particularly inclined to sell either.
The reigning Scudetto champions won’t have Natan for a couple of months due to a shoulder injury. In addition, they are mulling selling Leo Ostigard. The youngster was offered to Genoa in their unsuccessful bid to lure Dragusin.
Our Take on Napoli Seeking a Defender
They are right to pursue a young-ish player who’d be ready immediately. The problem is that they don’t grow on trees and clubs are reluctant to part ways with that kind of contributors. They’ll have to empty their coffers once they find an opening for somebody they like.
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