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Another Napoli Defender Injured As The Club Target Brahim Diaz For January Transfer

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It’s not looking good for Napoli and their new manager at the moment as Walter Mazzarri was brought in for a second spell after Rudi Garcia was sacked in the last international break.

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In his first game, he was able to mastermind a win over Atalanta, but has since lost the next two games, one against Real Madrid in the UCL and then against Inter Milan in the league.

The defending champions are set to face another stern test when they visit the Allianz arena to play against Juventus. Multiple reports in Italy claim Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo isn’t fully fit due to muscle issues, so he’s in doubt for Friday’s away game against Juventus.


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The Italy international has played every game from start to finish this season, collecting 19 appearances across all competitions. However, according to Il Mattino, the Italian right-back sustained muscle problems during a training session on Tuesday.

So it is not guaranteed that he will be available on Friday, when Napoli meet Juventus at the Allianz Stadium. Surely, Di Lorenzo will do anything to be available in Turin especially because Mazzarri is already dealing with a few injuries in defence with both Mario Rui and Mathias Olivera on the treatment table.

According to another report, Alessandro Zanoli has also trained separately at Castel Volturno while the next two sessions will be key to understanding if Di Lorenzo will be fit to play against Juventus.

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Napoli will reportedly try to make a move former Milan attacking midfielder, Brahim Diaz, but Real Madrid will reject any offer for the player, either during the January transfer window or later in the summer. Diaz is back at the Bernabeu after ending his three-year loan spell at AC Milan with his most productive season to date. The 24-year-old contributed to 14 goals as Milan sealed a top-four finish in Serie A and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The Spaniard also featured regularly during the 2021-22 season, when the Rossoneri were crowned Scudetto winners for the first time in a decade. After Milan failed to secure a permanent move for the playmaker this summer following the expiration of his loan deal, CalcioMercato claims Italian champions Napoli also submitted an offer to try to lure Diaz back to Serie A. The Partenopei are in danger of losing some important midfield assets from their title-winning squad, and a potentially underwhelming season could see them struggle to hold on to certain players.

Piotr Zielinski is out of contract next summer, and Elif Elmas has been subject to rumours of a move away, given his lack of starts since joining the club. The report states Real Madrid knocked back any advances from other clubs though, stating they wanted to keep him at the club this season. Diaz’s first 18 months at the Bernabeu saw him feature just 21 times, many of which were as a substitute, before his eventual loan move to Milan.

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However, on his return, manager Carlo Ancelotti has utilised the midfielder much more often, with 13 appearances across La Liga and the Champions League in the opening months of campaign. Diaz has also shown his ability, scoring in home wins over Las Palmas, Braga and Granada, starting in four of the side’s last five games.

That may give the player more belief that he will be involved regularly with Los Blancos, as he played a total of just 51 minutes across the club’s first seven games this season, and starting only one of the opening 15. Two of Diaz’s recent starts came in La Liga, where Real currently lead the way, while he also featured against Napoli in the Champions League, as the 14-time winners are safely through to the knockouts as group winners.

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