Finding a new reliable center-back will be one of the top priorities for Napoli, and they have rekindled their interest in Lucas Martinez Quarta. They pursued him a couple of times in the past. Kim Min-Jae hasn’t been properly replaced. Natan didn’t win over Walter Mazzarri and Francesco Calzona. Juan Jesus has played a lot more than anticipated.

Per La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Goal), the Azzurri are keen on the Argentine because he has low wages, €1M, and has already accumulated significant experience in his home country and Italy despite not being too old. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also a menace on set pieces, having netted nine goals so far.

Martinez Quarta is about to enter the final year of his contract with Fiorentina, which keeps his price tag in check, attracting Napoli and other potential suitors eyeing a discount on his price tag. He could depart for €10M.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the Azzurri’s top target is Alessandro Buongiorno, but he might be too pricey.

Our Take on Napoli and Martinez Quarta

After trying with a relatively unknown prospect, whom they shouldn’t be too quick to offload, they should definitely go with somebody a lot more established. Perhaps they’ll have a shot at Buongiorno thanks to VictorOsimhen’s windfall, but he seems destined to leave Serie A. The Fiorentina center-back isn’t phenomenal, but he’s steady and would be a clear upgrade.

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