Serie A Club Wary Of Interest From England In Two Of Their Transfer Targets

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Napoli are well on course to being one of the worst Serie A defending champions ever, with four games to go and 37 points (38 points is the record so far) separating them from Inter Milan who were recently crowned champions for this season.

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Hence, the Partenopei are keen to have a better campaign for next season as they look to solve several issues in their team for next season. One of the main issue is the appointment of a new manager with Francesco Calzona not likely to continue in that role beyond this season.

While the path towards Antonio Conte has recently gone cold, the club is still looking to sign some of their targets in the summer, but they may have to move quickly to avoid missing out. Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and two other Premier League clubs have been closely scouting Juventus owned talent Matias Soule ahead of the summer.


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The Argentinian forward joined the Bianconeri back in 2020 from Velez Sarsfield and progressed up the club’s youth system in Turin before breaking into the first team last season, where he netted once across 21 games. Juventus sent Soule out to Frosinone on loan last summer to continue his development and he’s shined at the Gialloblu.

So far, he has scored 11 goals and provided three assists in 32 Serie A matches, sending a clear statement to his parent club ahead of the summer transfer window. Tuttosport details how Aston Villa recently sent scouts to follow Soule and were left impressed by what they saw from the Juventus owned talent, who could be brought in to replace Nicolo Zaniolo in the summer.

Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Brentford are all also keeping a close eye on the 21-year-old, having followed him across this season, and things could heat up as the transfer market fast approaches. Juventus would be willing to sell Soule for around €40m, but much also depends on who ends up in the dugout for next season.

Should Thiago Motta take over from Massimiliano Allegri, he could decide to retain the Argentine forward for his 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 system. The interest from Napoli seems to be recent, probably linked to reports of Barcelona’s interest in Khvicha Kvaratskhelia while the likes of Victor Osimhen and Piotr Zielinski are expected to leave at the end of the season.


Another target that they risk losing is Lille forward, Jonathan David, who may have verbally agreed a contract with the Naples club, but Aston Villa have emerged to try and snatch the striker, according to Tuttomercatoweb. The 24-year-old striker has continued to shine with the Ligue 1 side this season, scoring 24 goals and providing eight assists in 44 appearances across all competitions.

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With just over a year left on his contract, the Canadian is ready for a new adventure in the summer. Earlier this month, reports suggested that Napoli had verbally agreed a five-year deal with David, who was keen to join the Campania outfit in the summer. He has also attracted the attention of Milan, who are focusing on Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee for the time being.

According to the new report, Aston Villa are seriously interested in making a move for David in the summer, wanting a new starting striker should they secure a spot in the Champions League, and have identified him as a concrete target. Manchester United are also interested in the 24-year-old striker, who has a price tag of around €35m, pilling the pressure on Napoli and Milan.

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