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Tuesday July 16 2019
Atletico Madrid: 'No James talks'

Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo confirmed they are interested in Napoli target James Rodriguez, but “we’re not in contact with Real Madrid.”

The Colombia international returns to base after his two-year loan at Bayern Munich and is not part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans.

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is adamant he will only take the player on loan with option to buy, refusing to pay the €42m upfront.

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Tuesday July 16 2019
ADL: 'Elmas arriving, incandescent August'

Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed Eljif Elmas will join Napoli this week, he wants a striker and warned fans to “prepare for an incandescent August.”

The President already spoke to TV Luna this evening about James Rodriguez and stopped off at Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli too.

He was asked if this could be the week Marko Rog leaves Napoli and Elmas arrives from Fenerbahce?

“That is true!” was his response.

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Tuesday July 16 2019
ADL: 'James on loan or Pepe'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis complained “why can Bayern Munich take James Rodriguez on loan and we can’t? We could get Nicolas Pepe or someone else.”

The Colombia international was eager to join Napoli and reunite with Carlo Ancelotti, but Real Madrid will only let him leave on a permanent basis for €42m.

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Monday July 15 2019
Mertens: 'Napoli need to buy'

Dries Mertens warned Napoli “have a strong squad, but if we want to win something, we need to buy in order to raise the level. I’d like to stay for many more years.”

The Belgian spoke at a Q&A from their training retreat in Dimaro, alongside Lorenzo Insigne and Kostas Manolas.

He was asked about the on-going transfer saga around Real Madrid creative midfielder James Rodriguez.

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Monday July 15 2019
Rog to Eintracht brings in Elmas

Marko Rog is reportedly close to a €20m move to Eintracht Frankfurt, which would free up Napoli to purchase Eljif Elmas from Fenerbahce.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Croatia international midfielder Rog is on the verge of a transfer to German club Eintracht for approximately €20m, including bonuses.

Today, the Partenopei also agreed a deal with Parma to loan striker Roberto Inglese, with obligation to buy, for a total of €20m plus €2m in bonuses.

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Monday July 15 2019
James leaning away from Napoli

Multiple reports now suggest James Rodriguez and Real Madrid are leaning towards Atletico Madrid, as Napoli won’t buy him outright.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis stated openly that he has no intention of purchasing James in one cash sum, preferring to take the Colombia international on loan with option to buy.

This irritated Real Madrid, who had until then been eager to sell abroad rather than reinforce their direct Liga and city rivals.

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Monday July 15 2019
Zielinski: 'I'll give Napoli more grit'

Piotr Zielinski welcomes Kostas Manolas and James Rodriguez to Napoli, but admits he must learn from the defender to show more “grit.”

The Partenopei have been the only real contenders amid the Juventus hegemony over the last few years and hope the departure of Max Allegri, replaced by former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, will give them the chance to break that domination.

“I want to show all my potential and can assure everyone I am at 100 per cent,” the Polish midfielder told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Report: Madrid annoyed with Napoli

Real Madrid are reportedly annoyed with Aurelio De Laurentiis’ recent demands for them to ‘make sacrifices’ for James Rodriguez.

Napoli have long been on James’ trail, but they have so far been unable to find an agreement with Madrid over the structure of his transfer.

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Saturday July 13 2019
Marca: James wants Atleti now

James Rodriguez is frustrated by Napoli refusal to pay Real Madrid and now wants to join Atletico Madrid instead, claim Marca.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis and Coach Carlo Ancelotti both stated this weekend that negotiations will not be resolved soon, while they could lean towards other targets.

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Saturday July 13 2019
Ancelotti: 'James will take time'

Carlo Ancelotti discussed the importance of Kostas Manolas and Arkadiusz Milik to Napoli, but warns James Rodriguez talks “are going to take a very long time.”

The Partenopei lost their first pre-season friendly, falling 2-1 to Pippo Inzaghi’s Serie B outfit Benevento.

“I wasn’t expecting much, because we’re doing so much preventative fitness work preparing for the season ahead,” the Coach told TV Luna.

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