Edinson Cavani has scored Napoli's 1000th goal and he has been banned for his bad celebration. All it took him were 25 matches to have his name carved into the annals of the club. When he scored a penalty against Roma, Edinson Cavani had hit Napoli's 1,000th away goal. It was a present he had given himself to celebrate his 24th birthday on St Valentine's Day. The date is only of interest to those who love statistics, because the Uruguayan's contribution to the club is impossible to calculate. He is the new king of Naples, undisputed idol of the supporters. His talent has brought the joy of seeing the club up there, challenging for the title in the name of the whole city. The night in the Olimpico Stadium just showed us how good he really is and how devastating he can be in the last 16 metres. He is well and truly a phenomenon and half the world is envious of Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Napoli and Inter Milan have reached an agreement worth about £ 11.1 million for the transfer of Gokhan from Udinese. Deadlock has been broken after weeks of negotiations as Aurelio De Laurentiis and his transfer team have convinced Udinese into parting company with the 26-year-old Swiss international.
Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli claims a principal agreement has been reached for a summer switch to fall in line with requests from Friulani president Giampaolo Pozzo.
Napoli are still refusing to give up on the title race after being very close to AC Milan this weekend. They will be hoping for more good form from Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, whose hat-trick on Sunday led them to a 3-0 win over Juventus.
The 23-year-old became the joint top scorer in Serie A with 13 goals as Napoli cut Milan's lead to just four points at the top of the league, after Massimiliano Allegri's side were held to a 4-4 draw at home by Udinese.
Cavani says that he is convinced that Napoli can win a silverware in 2011. The Uruguay international striker has played a big part in Napoli being second in Serie A at the winter break.
“The first half of the season has been very positive,” he said. “We are getting big results game after game.
“It's the fruit of our very tough daily work. The Napoli fans want players who put there spirit into it and always fight for the shirt on the pitch.
Napoli are up to the second place in the Italian league after a win over Genoa. With Lavezzi out with an ankle injury and Serie A’s player strike called off on Thursday, Slovakia playmaker Hamsik met a Walter Gargano free-kick on 26 minutes in a match that, while initially controlled by Napoli, finished with the hosts - who missed half a dozen good chances to draw level - dominating play.
Napoli are interested in a move for Liverpool youngster in the January transfer window. The Manchester-born striker, 19, came on in the 65th minute against Napoli in the Europa League earlier this season and the Serie A high-flyers are now interested in signing him.
According to reports in Italy, Napoli have made contact with Liverpool through Eccleston's agent and it is now up to manager Roy Hodgson to decide.
Napoli striker Cristiano Lucarelli is injured and will be out until the new year. The 34-year-old, who joined the Campania based club on a season-long loan deal from Parma this summer, will undergo surgery on Monday.
The former Italy international was hurt late on in Thursday's goalless draw against Dutch outfit Utrecht in the Europa League Group K opener after coming on as a substitute. Napoli have not yet revealed for how long the journeyman player will be sidelined, although he is unlikely to play again in 2010.
Bayern Munich's Sosa has been signed by Italian club Napoli. "Sosa is going to continue his career at the foot of Vesuvius," Bayern Munich confirmed in a statement.
Sosa won Olympic gold with Argentina in 2008, a year after joining Bayern, with whom he had one year of his contract remaining.
In three seasons in the Bundesliga he has competed in 35 games, scoring three goals.
At Napoli Sosa can look forward to taking part in the Europa League where the Italian team's group rivals are Liverpool, Steaua Bucharest and Utrecht.
New Napoli signing Edinson Cavani has revealed how he had turned down an offer to join Inter Milan to join Napoli. The Uruguay international credits the fans as the principal reason for joining the Azzurri.
"I preferred Napoli to Inter because of the support shown by the fans and the general public," Cavani said to TuttoNapoli.net.
"It is also bonus to work with [Ezequiel] Lavezzi and [Fabio] Quagliarella. We will form a great attacking line-up," he added.
The 23-year-old moved from Palermo to the Azzurri for €17 million.
Napoli chief Riccardo Bigon has confirmed their interest in Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni.
Toni spent last season on-loan at Roma.
“You cannot contest Toni’s talent, while Fred played in the Champions League with Lyon and is now in Brazil,” Bigon told Radio Marte.
“We are following many options, including overseas, and keeping a close eye on alternatives. Before buying anyone, we will sell.
“Vagner Love has different characteristics to Toni and Fred, so it would change our style of football. The type of player we’re looking for is a pure hitman.”