Italian Serie A outfit Napoli have become the latest club to join the race in the quest to sign France international attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar from Lyon, according to multiple reports from various sources. The French midfielder is under the radar of some of Europe's big clubs and has earned the recognition he is currently getting after the scintillating series of performances he had for the French club last season. Arsenal were said to be the frontrunners for the midfielder's signature but it looks like they have fallen out of line to seal his transfer and now other clubs are beginning to go ahead of the Gunners in the queue.
Leicester City have beaten Napoli to the signing of Ryan Bertrand, and the left-back is set to sign a two-year deal with the Foxes in the coming days. The former England international star was a free agent after leaving Southampton at the end of last season as both him and the South Coast club failed to reach an agreement over the extension of his contract. Bertrand left Southampton as one of their best players and continued to build his reputation as one of the best left-backs in the league but he was believed to be demanding too much at the St Mary's and he will now start next season at the King Power Stadium after deciding against moving to the Stadio Olimpico.
TottenhamHotspur winger Erik Lamela is attracting serious interest from one of the biggest clubs in Italy according to the latest reports in the media. Napoli are one of the biggest clubs in Italy and they are said to be interested in the Argentine national team player.
The specific report from Corrieredello Sport claimed that Napoli see Lamela as the replacement for star forward Lorenzo Insigne if the Italian international leaves the club this summer. The long-term future of Insigne at Napoli is in serious doubts with the winger yet to sign a new deal at the club. Insigne has a contract at Napoli that runs out next summer meaning that he has one year left on his contract.
Napoli have a big decision to make on the player on whether to sell him this summer or risk losing him for free next summer if he does not pen a new deal.
Napoli manager GennaroGattuso might still be in the dugout at the club when the new season starts in August according to the publication from the stables of La Repubblicain Italy. It was revealed that a strong finish to the season could aid Gattusoto sign a new deal at the club.
Gattuso and Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis didn't see eye-to-eye in the winter when the club was going through a rough patch but things have changed since the return to fitness of the club's key players. Under the watchful eyes of Gattuso, Napoli are one of the form teams in the Italian Serie A over the last two months and are favourites to secure a Champions League spot that was unlikely during the winter time.
With the current football season coming to an end, there's only one thing that comes to the mind of football fans and it is the fact that the transfer window is closing in on us quickly. Clubs across Europe are now compiling their lists of the players they would like to sign already so that they do not have to waste so much time when the window finally opens.
One of the latest transfer rumours currently making the rounds is the one that sees Premier League duo Chelse and Arsenal battle Napoli for the signing of impressive and highly-rated young star Kaio Jorge. The superb Brazilian young talent has been attracting a lot of interest from various clubs due to his outstanding abilities and will likely cause a bidding war between those clubs in the summer.
Midfielder Yangel Herrera was one of the heroes for Granada who took a giant step towards the round of 16 in the Europa League following the win over Napoli at home. The Venezuelan player opened the scoring for Granada at the Estadio de Los Carmenosbefore fellow South American star Kenedy added a second goal in two minutes. Kenedy had capitalised on some sloppy play from Napoli attacker Marco Politanoto double the advantage for the hosts on 21 minutes.
The damage was done to Napoli in just two first half minutes thereby leaving the Italian Serie A giants on the blink of elimination ahead of the second leg in Naples. Napoli will have to score three goals without reply in the second leg at home if they want to move past Granada into the round of 16 without extra time or penalties. A Granada goal in the second leg of their round of 32 Europa League tie means that Napoli will need to score four goals to qualify for the round of 16 of the competition.
Napoli are happy with the work that manager Gennaro Gattuso has done and they are ready to reward him with a new contract according to the latest reports coming out of the media in his native Italy. The specific publication from Gianluca Di Marzio said that two of the brightest managers in the Italian Serie A have been penciled down for contract renewals. Gianluca Di Marzio is a well respected Italian journalist who covers European football extensively and he has revealed that Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi and Napoli manager GennaroGattuso are close to signing respective new deals. Simone Inzaghi and GennaroGattuso are some of the good managers in the Italian top flight.
GennaroGattuso underlined his credentials as the man to end the wait for the Scudetto at Napoli after he led the team to a resounding victory at home to Fiorentina at the weekend. Napoli won the game 6-0 and Gattuso rightfully got some plaudits for the performance produced by his team in their last league game on Sunday. Gianluca Di Marzio said that Napoli have already offered GennaroGattusoa new contract for sometime and that the ex-Italian international midfielder is ready to sign the contract offer on the table. GennaroGattuso led Napoli to third place on the league table after the big win over Fiorentina over the weekendwith 34 points in addition to leading the club into the round of 32 in the Europa League.
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen was conspicuously absent as Napoli suffered their second league defeat of the season at home to league leaders AC Milan at the San Paolo on Sunday night. Super Eagles of Nigeria international Osimhen was sorely missed as Napoli fell 3-1 to the Rossoneri.
Osimhen missed the game because of the shoulder injury that he sustained while on international duty with Nigeria. The young striker sustained the injury during the 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers with Sierra Leone in Benin City, Nigeria. He scored one of the goals as the Super Eagles shot into a 4-0 lead in the first half. Victor Osimhen was replaced by Paul Onuachuafter he suffered the shoulder problem.
Porto captain Danilo Pereira says he would be a good fit for the English Premier League. He has described the League as the best in the world as he continues to be linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium. Danilo is also attracting interest from the Serie A. Napoli have been mentioned in the media as one of the clubs interested in the player, but the former Parma player has set his sight on a move to England.