For as long as there have been stories about Kalidou Koulibaly joining Manchester City, there have been stories about who could replace him at Napoli.
One of the names popping up consistently has been that of Sokratis Papastathopoulos at Arsenal, who knows Gennaro Gattuso well from their time together as players at Milan.
Various reports have claimed the Italian manager has already spoken with the Greek defender, and an agreement was already found for a two year contract with the option for a third.
What needed to be sorted out was the manner of his Emirates exit, with some believing he could cost up to €8m while others claimed he was pushing to cancel his contract in London to move to the south of Italy on a free.
With Koulibaly still in Naples, the move hasn’t happened yet, and if it did, it wouldn’t exactly be well received by a certain few, including Enrico Fedele, described on his website as ‘one of the most important sports agent in the history of Italian soccer’ (his words, not ours), who reacted to the news on Il Bello Calcio on Canale 21.
Relayed by Area Napoli, journalist Stefano Agresti gave the latest on the situation by saying: “If Kalidou Koulbaly goes, Napoli will take the Arsenal player, Sokratis. He’s a player whom Gennaro Gattuso particularly likes. If Koulibaly leaves, then De Laurentiis, who trusts his manager, will turn to the Arsenal player”.
What did Enrico Fedele think of all this? “Mamma mia…”