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Bologna At Disadvantage After New Detail Of Joshua Zirkzee’s Contract Is Revealed

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It is certainly not surprising that Joshua Zirkzee has been linked to most Serie A top clubs and a few foreign teams, especially in the England, and Bologna may have resigned to fate about the player after one the club’s executive recently revealed that the player has some sort of control over his future.

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The 22-year-old Dutchman has been one of the stars of the show in Thiago Motta’s high flying Rossoblu squad this season, playing a crucial role in their historic charge to the Champions League, netting 11 goals and providing five assists across 34 league matches.

But he has seemingly suffered a painful injury to his left hamstring, an issue that could keep him sidelined for around four weeks, which would force him to miss out on the Netherlands’ upcoming European Championship campaign.


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This will most likely not affect his future after it was revealed that Bologna might have lost some of their negotiating power. His agent Kia Joorabchian obtained to extend his €40M release clause to every team and not just Bayern Munich, according to a report from Corriere dello Sport. Instead, the Felsinei reportedly wanted much more substantial sums beforehand.

It would have a problem for the Serie A suitors. The Bavarians will pocket 45 percent of the fee regardless. Therefore, the Rossoblù would cash in just €21M in this scenario.In addition, there’s a chance the German club buys Zirkzee back just to sell him at a slightly higher price tag, €50M.

Joorabchian would cash in a hefty commission in that event.The Dutchman has long been one of the top names on the Milan radar to succeed Olivier Giroud. Although, the Rossoneri have seemed keener on RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko as of late. Juventus, Inter, Arsenal, and Manchester United have all been attached to him at some point in recent months.

Meanwhile…

Napoli have reportedly reignited interest in Crystal Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta as they search for a replacement for Victor Osimhen. The Partenopei are ready to sell the Nigerian star this summer, a deal that’ll see them earn around €120-130m, and they have started to plan out their transfer market, wanting to rejuvenate the squad after their miserable 2023-24 campaign.

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In the meantime, Napoli are still on the hunt for a new head coach and have been linked with a number of possible candidates including Gian Piero Gasperini, Antonio Conte and Vincenzo Italiano. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks. As reported by L’Equipe, Napoli have identified Crystal Palace’s Mateta as an interesting candidate to replace Osimhen in the summer.

Alongside Zirkzee and could make contact with the Premier League club in the near future to start exploring a summer deal. The 26-year-old Frenchman, who was targeted by the Partenopei back in 2020 before they picked up Osimhen, has impressed for Crystal Palace this term, scoring 13 goals and providing four assists in 34 league matches, shining under new coach Oliver Glasner.

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