Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League last season convinced André-Frank Zambo Anguissa look for a new club in the summer.
The midfielder had to wait until the deadline day before sealing a loan move to Napoli, and, as a part of the agreement between the two clubs, the Serie A side retain an option to make his stay permanent in 2022.
Since arriving in Italy, the 25-year-old has starred for the Naples club and his performances had resulted in reports linking him with a move to Crystal Palace.
Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli waited until the end of the window to get the Cottagers owned player because he didn’t want to conclude a deal on exaggerated terms, and journalist Valter De Maggio has hailed the club chief in helping Luciano Spalletti’s side sign the Cameroon international and has also stressed Napoli have made a decision on the Fulham man.
“In the last few hours, I have received a draft about an operation the club will close only in June. To tell you the truth, it is the continuation of a market masterpiece completed in June by Cristiano Giuntoli,” De Maggio told Kiss Kiss Napoli’s program, Radio Goal, relayed by Area Napoli.
“You know what operation I am referring to, the masterpiece from the Napoli director, this year bears a name, and is called Anguissa. He was taken by Napoli for a loan of only €400k from Fulham.”
“Well yes, Napoli have already chosen to redeem the boy, but the operation will be concluded only at the end of the season. I get this draft, Napoli has already decided to pay Anguissa’s ransom, but will formalize it next June.”
Despite Palace’s rumoured interest, De Maggio comments indicate Napoli have clear plans to retain Anguissa beyond this season.