NAPOLI EYEING TWO BUNDESLIGA TALENTS - REPORT
Italian top flight leaders Napoli are said to be on the trail of two talents from the German Bundesliga. According to II Correiredello Sport (CdS), Napoli want to sign Borussia Moenchengladbach star Florian Neuhaus and Augsburg central defender Felix Uduokhai.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to strengthen his first team squad despite the excellent start to the new season. The team from Naples is sitting at the top of the table ahead of title rivals AC Milan on goal difference. Both Napoli and Milan have 32 points each after 13 league games. Defending champions Inter Milan are not far from the top two teams with 28 points from their first 13 games. The aforementioned trio are seen as the only ones with genuine title credentials in the Italian Serie A this season.
De Laurentiis has cast his transfer net into the German Bundesliga in a bid to boost his team's title challenge with quality players. Both Neuhaus and Uduokhai are represented by the same player agent Christian Nerlinger. In addition, the two players are within the same age bracket as they are both 24-year-olds.
Neuhaus has become a regular fixture in the German senior national team squad and he's on course to make the team for next year's FIFA World Cup tournament on Qatari soil. He has two goals in nine appearances for Germany. On his part, Uduokhai has scored once in three appearances for Germany and he's a utility player as he can function well in a lot of positions. Apart from the centre back position, Augsburg star Uduokhai can also play as a left-back and as a defensive midfielder. Recent reports claimed that Augsburg have slammed an asking price of €16m on the defender. The aforementioned revealed that his German club would be open to reducing the asking price for interested teams like Napoli.