Over the past few days, there has been some chatter in the Italian newspapers about Napoli potentially losing a couple of their players, including Dries Mertens and José Callejón.
Interest from China has been touted, and while there’s nothing major yet, it’s a possibility.
They aren’t the only ones who are attracting attention, as Fábian Ruiz is also being looked at by many clubs, and a sale could see reinvestment being put in a forward, like Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.
Random, right? But that’s what journalist Fabio Santini told the radio show Il Processo on 7 Gold in Italy, and was relayed by Area Napoli.
He said: “Napoli could sell a couple of important players and take in a nice amount of cash. One of these is Fábian Ruiz: Real Madrid offered Isco and €20m. De Laurentiis wants €70m because the president of the club wants to reinvest the money on Son, a player doing well at Tottenham.
“Napoli aren’t giving up on Ibrahimović. With the Swede and Son, would Napoli have too many forwards? One of them is close to the end of his contract and could leave (Mertens). I’m only talking about objectives. We’ll see if they can become reality or not”.
Those are certainly some lofty ambitions, and with Napoli struggling a bit under Carlo Ancelotti this season, currently seventh in Serie A with 18 points in their first 11 games, 11 points behind leaders Juventus.
That’s why they could go big in January, but it seems unlikely Tottenham will want to let one of their best players go midway through the season, or even at the end of the campaign.
If they do, he might also cost more than €70m.