Sunday December 1 2019
ADL plans summer overhaul

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is planning a major overhaul of the squad next summer, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The club has been in the eye of the storm recently, as the players defied orders to return to a President-sanctioned training retreat at Castelvolturno following the 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti reportedly backed the players, but he and his staff returned to the 'ritiro'. This led to De Laurentiis fining all the players.

Midfielder Allan and captain Lorenzo Insigne were levied with the highest fines, however Kalidou Koulibaly, Chucky Lozano, Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and Kostas Manolas also received large penalties.

Despite having visited the squad on Friday and explained the fines following the spirited 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League, now La Gazzetta reports that for De Laurentiis the only way forward is to purge the squad of all the key players in the mutiny next summer.

Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens’ contracts are set to expire at the end of the season regardless, so they won’t be renewed.

Allan was subject to a bid from Paris Saint-Germain last January, but Napoli rejected their offer, so the Brazilian may likely head out the door this time.

La Gazzetta even reports that Koulibaly isn’t safe, and faced with a bid similar to the one Manchester United offered last summer, in the region of €100m, De Laurentiis wouldn’t say no this time around.

FIFPro released a statement yesterday declaring that they were ready to assist the AIC (Associazione Italiana Calciatori) in their bid to help the Napoli players on a legal level, deeming that they were “bullied and intimidated.”

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