Pescara’s President Daniele Sebastiani has confirmed that he is in talks with Napoli over a number of players, including Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne.
The Delfini are planning for their first season in Serie A for 20 years, but have lost Coach Zdenek Zeman to Roma and are reportedly struggling to keep hold of the core nucleus of players that won the Serie B title last term.
This includes highly-rated pair midfielder Verratti and defender Marco Capuano, who along with Napoli-owned Insigne, are now the subject of discussion for President Sebastiani and his counterpart at Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis.
“Myself and [Napoli President Aurelio] De Laurentiis have spoken over the phone,” Sebastiani confirmed to Marte Sport Live.
“We want to do certain things and we hope to achieve them. Maybe in the next few days we can meet.
“We have some players that could go to Napoli, the same goes for the other way around. We want a relationship with the Azzurri, this understanding with De Laurentiis is very interesting.
“Our goal is to keep Verratti and Capuano for another year in Pescara - it would have to be a guarantee for any team that might buy them. They could work in a place that has less pressure. The same goes for Insigne.”
Insigne impressed at Pescara last term, but is set to return to the San Paolo this summer when his loan deal expires.
“I think Lorenzo is predestined, we are talking about pure talent. I’d like to keep him for another year here, but De Laurentiis also likes him.
“For his part, I have a half-promise - if they decide he will leave Napoli, to sell him or on loan, Pescara is a preferred destination.
“For Verratti, I am talking with Napoli, with Juventus and with other teams. We will see if there can be some interesting counter-deals. I like some of the Azzurri’s players.”
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