So, after a fair amount of articles in quick succession regarding a potential Oleksandr ZInchencko transfer to Napoli, it looks like we might have to wait another two weeks before anything happens.
This is according to Il Mattino on Tuesday, who align themselves with Gazzetta dello Sport’s claims from Monday that the likeliest outcome of negotiations will be a loan with a view to buy.
The idea behind the deal would be for Maurizio Sarri to assess whether or not the 20-year-old will be able to have a future in his Napoli team, and then to decide whether or not to make the move permanent.
Unfortunately, the manager is also keen to put together the group for Champions League qualifiers against Nice as soon as possible, meaning that no transfer is likely to take place until the 23rd of August, when the Serie A side will know if they make the group stages of the competition.
This, of course, allows Manchester City and Napoli a lot more time to come to agreeable terms without any rush, but Il Mattino seem convinced it’s unlikely anything will be made official before the aforementioned date, even if an agreement is found.
Guess all we can do is wait now.