Saturday August 18 2012
Napoli-Uvini intrigue

Brazilian newspapers claim Napoli have signed Bruno Uvini from San Paolo, but his agent warns “it isn’t concluded yet.”

The 21-year-old centre-back has interested Walter Mazzarri’s team all summer and competition was fierce from Roma and Cruzeiro.

Newspaper Diario de Sao Paulo claimed Napoli had completed a deal on Thursday night.

The agreement was for €2.9m, but only half of that fee would end up with the Brazilian club since part of the player’s rights belong to the company Pao de Acucar.

“The operation has not been concluded yet,” agent Stefano Castagna told Radio Marte.

“Uvini is a young lad and Napoli are tracking him, but he’s not an Azzurro player yet. It will take more time and there are two weeks until the end of the transfer market.

“We have a good rapport with Napoli and he is one of the five or six Brazilian defenders they are looking at.

“Naturally, Napoli would be a very welcome destination and we hope it goes through. They represent the best prospect for us.

“Uvini is a born leader and Thiago Silva compared him to Lucio. He was on loan at Tottenham, but they did not make the move permanent because everything there has changed in the last three months.”