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Conflicting Reports On Napoli’s Effort To Keep Their Star Forward

Written By Onyeka Daniel

There has been plenty of drama surrounding Serie A side, Napoli, as two of their top stars, Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia have declared their intentions to leave the former Serie A champions in this summer transfer window, but the club reiterated that they’re not for sell.

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Sources from the club insist they’ve taken positive steps towards keeping Kvaratskhelia, amidst an expected extension of his current contract , but several sources in Italy claim the Georgia star rejected an opening offer from the club instead.

Club officials, including President Aurelio De Laurentiis And Sporting director Giovanni Manna reportedly visited the player and his agent in Düsseldorf on Thursday to make a big contract offer to persuade the former Serie A MVP to stay in Naples. But several reports have it that the proposal was rejected, postponing talks until after the Euros.


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He will be hoping to help Georgia get past Spain in their round of 16 tie. According to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli have offered a new €5m-a-year contract, including add-ons until 2029. The winger’s salary would increase through the next seasons and exceed €7m in the final years of the agreement.

Napoli insist the meeting with Kvara and his agent (Mamuka Jugeli) was positive and both Sky and Corriere dello Sport confirm the environment during Thursday’s talks was ‘relaxed’. At the same time, however, the Georgian ace hasn’t yet agreed to stay at the Stadio Maradona.

PSG are interested in Kvara and ADL has recently blamed Nasser Al-Khelaifi for contacting the player without Napoli’s consent, with reports that the Parisians have an €8m per year offer ready for him and a sizable fee for his agent, while tabling a less than €80m offer to the Italian club.

Both De Laurentiis and Conte have insisted that Kvaratskhelia won’t leave the club this summer, at the recent unveiling of the former Juventus and Inter Milan manager as Napoli’s coach.

It should be noted that Kvaratskhelia remains one of the lowest paid players in the team, as he’s still on the contract he signed when he joined from Dinamo Batumi in 2022, a contract that doesn’t expire until 2027.

Meanwhile…

After an overwhelming showing in the just concluded season, surprise team of the 2023-24 Serie A season aren’t taking any chances as they prepare to play in Europe’s elite competition, the UEFA Champions League, hence, they’re starting to strengthen their squad.

Consequently, they’ve completed the signing of Emil Holm from Spezia, while Juan Miranda arrived for his medical as a free agent from Real Betis. The Rossoblu surprised everyone by finishing fifth in Serie A this season, which due to the impressive Italian results in UEFA tournaments was worth an extra spot in the new, expanded Champions League format.

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They are busy building the squad for new coach Vincenzo Italiano and today officially announced the arrival of full-back Holm from Spezia. The Swede spent the 23/24 season on loan with Atalanta, winning the Europa League and also sealing a place in the UCL, but the La Dea decided not to take up their option to make the move permanent for €8.3m.

Instead, Holm signed for Bologna in a deal believed to be worth €7m plus bonuses. Real Betis left-back Juan Miranda also arrived and had his medical before putting pen to paper on a deal with the club. The 24-year-old is a product of the Barcelona youth academy and this season made 32 competitive appearances for his club, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

He was really close to joining Milan during the winter transfer window, but the two clubs failed to reach an agreement over a suitable fee, partly because they would have had to give a share of that to Barcelona. Instead, they allowed him leave for free.

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