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Napoli Make The First Move For La Liga Hotshot

Written By Onyeka Daniel

In the just concluded Serie A season, it was a shambolic title defense from Napoli as the club from Naples were so far off from the eventual winners, Inter Milan, that they didn’t even make it into the top five on the table.

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This would have at least guaranteed them a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, but the club President, Aurelio De Laurentiis is keen to start on a new slate after going through three different coaches.


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The Partenopei have now kicked off their new era under Antonio Conte, who has signed a three-year deal in the Campania capital in a bid to start a fresh project following the chaos of the club’s post-Scudetto season.

According to several sources, one of the top priority for the club in this summer transfer window is the signing of a striker to replace the soon to be departed Victor Osimhen and so, the club have reportedly submitted an offer to Girona for Artem Dovbyk, but their priority is still to find a deal for Chelsea outcast Romelu Lukaku.

Conte has already started planning Napoli’s summer transfer window with sporting director Giovanni Manna and is dreaming of a reunion with Lukaku, who shined under the Italian coach during their time together at Inter.

Chelsea want €44m, however, making a deal costly for the Partenopei. According to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli have started to draw up an offer for Dovbyk, willing to pay around €35m for the Girona striker, a fee close to the club’s €40m requests.

Atletico Madrid are also keen but have only put €25m on the table for the time being. Despite this, the Partenopei’s priority is still to find a deal for Lukaku and their hoping to see Chelsea’s €44m price tag drop over the coming months, leaving things unclear as the summer transfer market fast approaches.

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Alvaro Morata has sent out an alert for Serie A clubs to come knocking after warning he ‘cannot remain at Atletico Madrid if I won’t be playing.’ The striker is currently preparing for Spain’s participation in EURO 2024, in the same group as Italy, Croatia and Albania. “I see what is in the media and the directors know what I am talking about, so I will say it clearly,” Morata told El Larguero.

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“I have not spoken to anyone, but if I see that Atleti want to sign eight strikers, I get the impression I am not the priority at the club. “I am 31 years old, I will be 32 in October, so I cannot remain at Atletico Madrid if I won’t be playing.” He had already been linked with a third different stint at Juventus, but also potentially a move to Milan or Roma too, as they are all looking for centre-forwards.

A return to Italy would be his preferred option, partly because of his previous success in Serie A, but also as his wife Alice is Italian. There is a €15m release clause in his contract and in order to play regularly, Morata could accept a much lower salary of just €4-5m per season. According to Calciomercato, that is roughly half his current wages in Madrid.

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