You would think that for a player who certainly won’t be playing at Napoli next season, the lack of concrete interest in Ivan Strinic would be a worry for the local media and the club, but it’s anything but that.
Watford have been linked on and off with the Croatian defender, and despite the lack of movement, Il Mattino and Napoli are relatively calm about it all.
The reason behind this is clubs are aware the Serie A side have one too many players in the role, having brought in Mario Rui to replace Strinic, and there’s still time left in the transfer market.
For once, Aurelio de Laurentiis isn’t too bothered about how much money one of his players will go for, and as long as he leaves, he’ll be happy.
Watford, who don’t have a natural replacement for José Holebas, seems like an ideal destination for the 30-year-old who arrived on a free from Dnipro two years ago.
Il Mattino explain that it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Hornets, or fellow suitors Galatasaray, were to turn up around transfer deadline day and place a relatively low offer on the table, knowing full well Napoli want rid.
We all know that, even if the transfer market is a time to strengthen your squad as quickly as possible, if the opportunity to get a player at a reduced price presents itself, most clubs will be happy to wait a bit longer instead of paying a few extra million.
Having already spent £50m+ this summer, it’s not surprising Watford are one of them.