NEWS
Sunday August 4 2019
ADL: 'Napoli evaluating many names'

Aurelio De Laurentiis assures Napoli are “evaluating many names other than James Rodriguez, Hirving Lozano and Mauro Icardi,” but has no Nicolas Pepe regrets.

“We are evaluating many names other than James Rodriguez, Lozano and Icardi,” the President told Sky Sport Italia.

“So much so that I made a large offer for Pepe, but we were unable to get him. Arsenal have five times the revenue of Napoli, so they will have simply offered him more money. Never mind, we’ll find another Pepe.

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NEWS
Thursday August 1 2019
Official: Pepe joins Arsenal

Nicolas Pepe has officially signed for Arsenal, completing a transfer believed to be worth €80m from Lille, after Napoli pulled out.

The Partenopei had been leading the race for the 20-year-old Ivorian winger, but it’s widely reported they refused to pay his agents up to €10m in commission.

According to Il Mattino newspaper, compared to the €10m offered to his agents by Arsenal, Napoli had proposed €1.7m spread out over five instalments.

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NEWS
Wednesday July 31 2019
Lille back in for Ounas

Lille have reignited negotiations with Napoli for Algeria international Adam Ounas, separate from Nicolas Pepe discussions.

It had been reported last week that the Partenopei had the upper hand in negotiations for Pepe precisely because they could include Ounas as part of the deal.

However, Arsenal offered the player better personal terms and commission, so he opted for the Gunners.

Now Soccer Link and Le 10 Sport in France both maintain Lille have revived talks with Napoli to sign Ounas.

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NEWS
Wednesday July 31 2019
Napoli zoom in on Zaha?

Napoli are interested in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, claim the Daily Mail, seen as an alternative to Nicolas Pepe.

The right-sided winger is also an Ivory Coast international and had been linked with Arsenal, who beat Napoli to Pepe’s €80m signature from Lille.

According to the Mail newspaper, Zaha would cost £60m (approximately €68m), because proposals from Arsenal and Everton were turned down.

It’s believed Palace would be more open to selling the 26-year-old abroad than to another Premier League club.

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NEWS
Wednesday July 31 2019
Release clause for Lozano?

Napoli target Hirving Lozano has a €42m release clause in his PSV Eindhoven contract, claim reports, as talks with Mino Raiola continue.

The Mexico international had been one of the first names on Carlo Ancelotti’s list this summer, but is coming back around after problems with other options such as Nicolas Pepe and James Rodriguez.

PSV Eindhoven were knocked out of the Champions League preliminary round last night by FC Basel, which makes it much more likely they’ll sell Lozano.

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NEWS
Tuesday July 30 2019
Lukaku-Dybala swap, Icardi to Napoli?

A Paulo Dybala-Romelu Lukaku swap at Juventus could open the door for Napoli to sign Mauro Icardi, with Inter going for Edinson Cavani.

The transfer merry-go-round could be set in motion when the first striker moves in this interconnected situation.

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NEWS
Monday July 29 2019
Verratti agent: 'Pepe price excessive'

Nicolas Pepe is set to join Arsenal for €80m and Marco Verratti’s former agent insists Napoli were right to pull out. “The price is excessive.”

The Lille attacking winger had been in advanced negotiations for a move to Napoli, with his agents flying in by helicopter for talks, but Arsenal offered better personal terms and agreed to pay the large commission for his representatives.

“Pepe plays in a puppet league where the only team is Paris Saint-Germain,” Verratti’s former agent Donato Di Campli told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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NEWS
Monday July 29 2019
'Why Pepe chose Arsenal over Napoli'

Nicolas Pepe’s camp claims the Lille winger rejected Napoli because Arsenal’s offer was ‘more convincing, both financially and in terms of the sporting project.’

Pepe is on his way to Arsenal in an €80m deal after Napoli failed to agree personal terms with the Ivorian, although they too were prepared to meet Lille’s asking price.

It is also understood Partenopei President Aurelio De Laurentiis was not keen on paying out so much in commission to the player’s representatives.

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Monday July 29 2019
Ancelotti 'not disappointed' over Pepe

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has conceded defeat to Arsenal over Lille winger Nicolas Pepe but insisted that ‘I’m not disappointed’.

Pepe is set to join Arsenal over Napoli after the latter were unable to agree personal terms with the 24-year-old, but Ancelotti made it clear his club would not dwell on their failure.

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BLOG ITALIA
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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