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Napoli Star Makes Transfer Request As Gasperini Ponders Over His Future

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It is well known that there would be plenty of changes going on at recently deposed Serie A champions, Napoli after the Partenopei presented one of the worst title defense in Serie A history.

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In all likelihood, they won’t be playing European football for next season. Furthermore, some of their top players are expected to leave the club, Victor Osimhen and Piotr Zielinski and it looks like there would be another important player leaving.


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Club captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo has reportedly asked for a transfer in the summer, believing the cycle in the Campania capital is over. The 30-year-old Italian right back, who was an instrumental figure in the team’s historic Scudetto success under Luciano Spalletti, penned a new long-term contract in August of last year.

Of course, he was unaware of the difficulties that lay ahead this term. Di Lorenzo has performed moderately well despite Napoli’s significant downturn this season, scoring twice and providing eight assists across 46 matches.

Due to his recent renewal, he is tied to the club to June 2028. According to a report from Corriere dello Sport, Di Lorenzo has asked Napoli for a transfer away in the summer, ready to call it quits in the Campania capital after five years at the club.

The 30-year-old spoke about it with new sporting director Giovanni Manna at the club’s Castel Volturno training ground in recent days, expressing his unhappiness and asking to be sold, believing his cycle is over.

The club may likely grant his request, but that is after they’ve sorted out the position of their manager as Francesco Calzona is expected to leave his caretaker role at the end of the season. For Di Lorenzo, he could become a target for Inter Milan if they eventually sell Denzel Dumfries, but it’s highly unlikely that they would sell him to a direct rival.

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Gian Piero Gasperini will meet with Atalanta president Antonio Percassi today to discuss the plans for the future as he looks to decide whether to stay in Bergamo or make the jump to Napoli.

The 66-year-old Italian tactician made history on Wednesday night at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, when he guided la Dea to their first ever European title and their first trophy in six decades with a thrilling 3-0 win over Xabi Alonso’s high-flying Bayer Leverkusen.

Gasperini has been with Atalanta for eight years and has been named as one of the leading candidates to take on the Napoli job in the summer, with Aurelio De Laurentiis seriously interested in hiring the attacking-minded tactician.

A separate report from Gazzetta dello Sport details how Gasperini will meet with Atalanta president Percassi in the coming hours to discuss the club’s future plans, his ambitions and if conditions are right to move forward together.

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The coach Is hoping to see two or three top players arrive in the summer transfer window, as well as avoid losing any key players in the squad. He is keen to try and compete with the teams at the top in Serie A, having strong ambitions following the Europa League success.

Napoli are keeping a close eye on the situation, waiting to see if they can convince Gasperini to make the move south to the Campania capital. Of course, the former Inter Milan manager has revealed that he’s indeed tempted by the prospect of joining the Neapolitean club in his post match interview with Sky Sports after the Europa League triumph.

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