Tuesday January 16 2018
Napoli drop Deulofeu for Politano

Matteo Politano will reportedly push Sassuolo to join Napoli after they missed Simone Verdi and cooled their interest in Gerard Deulofeu.

The Partenopei were turned down by Bologna winger Verdi today, who refused to leave the Stadio Dall’Ara halfway through the season.

Lucas Moura of Paris Saint-Germain is another potential option, but considered too expensive even on loan due to his salary.

Sky Sport Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio and Rai Sport both claim that Napoli and above all Coach Maurizio Sarri are unconvinced by Deulofeu, as they see the Barcelona benchwarmer as a pure counter-attack specialist who doesn’t combine well with teammates.

This would make it difficult to fit into Sarri’s fast-passing tactical set-up.

Instead, the attention is turning to Politano, who would love a move to Napoli and will ask his entourage to beg for a transfer.

It’s believed the two clubs could reach an agreement to sign the Italian winger for around €20m plus defender Nikola Maksimovic on loan to sweeten the deal.

Politano has also been linked with Roma and Juventus, as this season the 24-year-old has contributed three goals and three assists in 18 Serie A appearances.

He is also versatile, able to play on the right, left or as a support striker and came up through the Roma youth academy.

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