Friday August 26 2016
Napoli announce Diawara deal

Napoli have signed midfielder Amadou Diawara from Bologna, announced President Aurelio De Laurentiis via Twitter.

President De Laurentiis confirmed the deal via Twitter with this message: “And welcome to you too, Diawara.”

It was expected to be a €2m loan with obligation to buy for a further €13m.

However, the statement on both the Napoli and Bologna websites note it is a "definitive" transfer, without giving further details.

The 19-year-old refused to attend pre-season training with Bologna, as he tried to force a move elsewhere.

Valencia, Roma, Leicester City, Aston Villa and Juventus were among the clubs interested in the Guinean.

His ascent to Serie A was extremely rapid, joining Bologna from San Marino last summer for just €600,000.

There was a bidding war, but Diawara was determined to join Napoli and turned down more lucrative offers from abroad.

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