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Napoli To Challenge AC Milan For Spanish Defender As The Rossoneri Seek For Investment From The Middle East

Written By Onyeka Daniel

After winning the Scudetto last season, Napoli haven’t had the best start to their title defense this season as they seemed to lack consistency, and despite sacking Rudi Garcia and bringing Walter Mazzarri for his second spell at the club, things aren’t improving.

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In his first game in charge after the November international break, he masterminded a win over Atalanta but has gone on to lose the next two games, one in the UCL, against Real Madrid and most recently to Inter Milan, the team tipped to win the Scudetto this season.


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To arrest their decline, the club is already thinking about several players that they can sign during the January transfer window to strengthen the team with the names of Lazar Samardzic and Juan Miranda being mentioned by La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Partenopei have been keen on the Serb for a couple of campaigns.

They could make another attempt in the upcoming window. The talent is eager to join a top team, as he almost did In the summer. Juventus are also after him. The suitors will have to win Udinese’s resistance, though.

While Napoli would add to their weapons if they signed Samardzic, Miranda would help them navigate their injury crisis at the left-back position. Mathias Olivera and Mario Rui are both on the shelf with substantial injuries.

Milan have been pursuing the Spaniard for a few weeks ahead of a potential Bosman move and are said to be in pole position for his signature, but Napoli could try to pull the rug from under the rivals’ feet by agreeing to a small fee to acquire him from Real Betis during the winter.

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A new report has emerged, suggesting that AC Milan owner Gerry Cardinale is looking for an investment of capital from the Middle East. After the news reported by Repubblica on the trip to Bahrain by Cardinale and Giorgio Furlani, Il Sole 24 Ore have also suggested that the Milan ownership are actively looking for investors from overseas.

The journalist Carlo Festa published an update, claiming that Cardinale been very busy in the last month in the search for new potential investors in Milan, American investors and investors from the Persian Gulf area. This is why Investcorp – a Bahrain-based fund that just over a year ago seemed to be the chosen ones to buy the club – have reappeared as a potential candidate amid the opportunity to invest in the Rossoneri.

“The objective would be to provide additional capital to be injected at the top of the AC Milan control chain alongside that already paid by other subscribers to the fund set up by RedBird,” Festa writes. This explains the trip of Cardinale and Furlani to Dubai (where a club HQ was opened), Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain which took place between the end of October and the beginning of November.

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With a vendor loan of €600m (with an interest rate of 7%) to be repaid in two years to Elliott Management, Cardinale’s search for capital for Milan has not stopped and will not stop in the near future. Festa adds: “It is continuing in a more active way than usual:

“The objective would be to be able to repay part of the debt to the Singer family fund before maturity, not to mention that some of the current shareholders of the RedBird fund may want to exit ahead of time and monetise the investment.” Of course, a recent report stated that the PIF, the owners of Newcastle United are looking for a club to buy in Italy after failing to reach an agreement for Juventus and the two clubs that were mentioned are AC Milan and Inter Milan.

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