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Monday July 29 2019
Napoli: James trains with Madrid

Napoli target James Rodriguez has resumed training with Real Madrid after failing to secure a move away.

James looked to be all set for Napoli, but their reluctance to pay €42m for a permanent deal let in Atletico Madrid.

However, Marco Asensio’s serious knee injury has threatened to put the brakes on a transfer for the Colombian.

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Sunday July 28 2019
Analysing Napoli's ambition

Football Italia’s Chief Correspondent Richard Hall wonders if Napoli’s approach to the transfer market is proving counter-productive...

There was an air of inevitability when it emerged that Arsenal had toppled Napoli for Nicolas Pepe. All summer, the Partenopei have been looking to add a marque attacking signing to their ranks but, as yet, have failed to do so. The feeling that this year is their year to catch Juventus seems to be driving their ambition, but they have not been able to deliver. What’s next for Carlo Ancelotti’s team and why have they lost out again on another big name?

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Saturday July 27 2019
Reports: Napoli lose Pepe to Arsenal

Napoli seem to have lost out to Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe, as while Lille sell for €80m, only the Gunners agreed to his agents’ demands.

The situation reached a head this week when Pepe’s agents landed by helicopter in the Napoli pre-season training camp Dimaro.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he had met them as part of negotiations, while Lille President Gerard Lopez announced the €80m asking price had been met.

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Friday July 26 2019
Report: James staying at Madrid

Real Madrid have reportedly decided to keep Napoli target James Rodriguez following Marco Asensio’s serious knee injury.

James looked to be all set for Napoli or Atletico Madrid, but the reliable El Chiringuito claims Los Blancos are no longer prepared to part with the midfielder.

The report comes after Asensio had had ruptured not only the ACL in his left knee but also his external meniscus, effectively ending his season before it had even started.

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Thursday July 25 2019
Atletico Madrid: 'We want James'

Atletico Madrid director Miguel Angel Gil Marin admits they want Napoli target James Rodriguez, but “it depends on Real Madrid.”

The Colombia international returned to base after a two-year loan with Bayern Munich and will only be released for €42m upfront.

Napoli had been the favourites, but are unwilling to sign James unless it is a loan with option to buy.

“I know that many Atletico Madrid fans would like James and that our Coach likes him too,” Gil Marin told Sport.

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Thursday July 25 2019
Ancelotti: 'Pepe and James talks ongoing'

Carlo Ancelotti confirms Napoli are in talks for Nicolas Pepe and James Rodriguez, while denying Arkadiusz Milik would leave if Mauro Icardi arrived.

The Coach spilled the beans on their transfer strategy in this afternoon’s Press conference, which inevitably started with questions about Lille winger Pepe’s agents visiting the training camp.

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Thursday July 25 2019
Pepe agents arrive for Napoli

The representatives of Lille winger Nicolas Pepe have arrived in Dimaro for talks with Napoli over a potential transfer.

James Rodriguez’s agent Jorge Mendes was thought to be landing for negotiations with Napoli.

That forced the Partenopei to issue a strong denial on social media, but it then emerged just as quickly that those landing on the helipad were members of Pepe’s entourage.

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Thursday July 25 2019
Napoli deny James-Mendes meeting

Napoli have staunchly denied that Jorge Mendes is on his way to Dimaro to discuss James Rodriguez’s move from Real Madrid.

Radio Kiss Kiss claimed late on Thursday morning that Mendes was flying to Napoli’s preseason training camp for talks with club officials over James’ proposed transfer.

However, that was quickly followed by the Partenopei tweeting: “Even though Napoli’s official radio station says Mendes is coming to Dimaro, needless to say Mendes isn’t.

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Wednesday July 24 2019
James proposed to Milan?

Agent Jorge Mendes offered James Rodriguez to Milan for €42m after Napoli refused to pay for the Real Madrid man, claim Sportitalia.

According to transfer expert Alfredo Pedullà, Mendes is working to consolidate his partnership with the new Milan hierarchy.

James is not on Real Madrid’s radar, even after the Marco Asensio injury, but Napoli are still not prepared to buy him outright, insisting only on a loan with option to buy.

Atletico Madrid are the favourites now, but there could be another solution in the form of Milan.

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Wednesday July 24 2019
Ancelotti on James and Icardi

Carlo Ancelotti said James Rodriguez and Mauro Icardi would improve his Napoli. “I always had great centre-forwards in my career.”

Negotiations seem to have stalled with Real Madrid for James, as Atletico Madrid are now leading the race, while they battle Juventus for Inter outcast Icardi.

“A player in the James role can certainly help us in our finishing or in through balls for the strikers,” Ancelotti told TV Luna.

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