Napoli in advanced talks to bring Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka
The midfield department of the Napoli squad needs quality additions this winter.
According to the football transfer rumours in Italian media, Napoli are in advanced talks to bring Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka.
Celta Vigo spent 5 million euros to sign the Slovakia international from Nordsjælland in the summer of 2017. The 25-year-old has four years left on his current contract which expires in 2023.
Lobotka made 90 appearances across all competitions for Celta Vigo, supplying one assist in return.
The 25-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in Slovakia.
As a member of Slovakia national football team, Lobotka won 22 caps and he scored 3 goals.
Stanislav Lobotka will be high in demand this winter, with him having enjoyed a sublime season for Celta Vigo this term.
By the club’s own admission, Celta Vigo midfielder is Napoli’s number one transfer target.
Gennaro Gattuso is a long term admirer of Lobotka and believes he can get the most out of the Slovakia international.
The 25-year-old has the talent to play many roles in midfield.
According to Football Italia, “Napoli are in negotiations with Celta Vigo for midfielder Stanislav Lobotka, claim multiple sources, with €25m on the table. The 25-year-old has already been linked with a move to the Stadio San Paolo several times in recent seasons, allegedly recommended by former captain and fellow Slovakian Marek Hamsik. There is a release clause in his contract, although it’s not clear if it is worth €35m or €50m. In any case, the Corriere dello Sport and Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspapers both claim negotiations are on-going with Celta Vigo to strike a deal worth €25m in January. Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli confirmed at the weekend that they would “need another midfielder” with new coach Gennaro Gattuso’s switch to a 4-3-3 formation.”
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Celta Vigo are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the midfielder, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.
The 25-year-old would be a very good addition for Napoli and they can afford him as well.
Napoli fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
Whether he will join Napoli or not remains to be seen.
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