Kicking off in England, the idea that Napoli could go for Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney has yet to fully take off in Italy.
That’s because those in charge of looking into the club’s potential transfer movements believe there are other targets on the agenda, namely Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri and Barcelona’s Junior Firpo.
However, Gazzetta dello Sport decide to entertain the notion Napoli could be after the Gunners’ left-back, describing him as an ‘interesting proposition’, and does fall within ‘those considered by Cristiano Giuntoli’, the Serie A side’s director of football.
‘The preference at the moment’ remains the Italy international, who has been discarded to one side by Frank Lampard, since he already knows Italian football from his time at AS Roma and US Palermo and therefore ‘wouldn’t have great difficulty adapting’.
That being said, ‘Tierney is younger and could result in something more appealing in the eyes of Aurelio de Laurentiis’, who always takes into account future returns when it comes to important acquisitions.
All in all, the Arsenal defender is certainly of interest to Napoli, but he isn’t top of the list for the January window as things stand.
This is echoed by Il Mattino, who make it clear that while Tierney would be the ‘ideal profile’ for the Italian side, the numbers asked by the Gunners (more than €30m), make him an ‘impossible dream’.
A lot can change between now and the end of the month, though, so we’ll be keeping an eye on it so you don’t have to.