Napoli, the reigning champions of Serie A, are actively pursuing a defensive reinforcement as the winter transfer window approaches in January.
Reports suggest that Arsenal’s Jakub Kiwior has emerged as a prime target for the Italian side.
Kiwior, a versatile defender, has featured prominently for Arsenal, amassing 21 appearances since January 2023 and contributing a goal to his name. His consistent performances have not gone unnoticed, particularly by Napoli’s scouting team, who have identified him as a top priority.
Notably, Kiwior has also been a mainstay in the Polish national team, participating in 19 games and finding the net on one occasion. His international experience adds an extra layer of appeal for Napoli, who are keen on bolstering their defensive options for the challenges ahead.
However, Arsenal are reluctant to part ways with Kiwior. The defender has proven to be a valuable backup for the team, showcasing his adaptability across various defensive roles. Furthermore, the club is intent on recouping the £21 million they invested in acquiring Kiwior.
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Sources suggest that Napoli will need to table an offer matching Arsenal’s valuation to secure Kiwior’s services. Unless a substantial bid is submitted, the talented defender is poised to remain with the Gunners. The financial aspect, coupled with Kiwior’s importance as a squad player, creates a challenging scenario for Napoli in their pursuit of the Polish international.
As the transfer saga unfolds, football enthusiasts will be eagerly watching to see whether Napoli can meet Arsenal’s demands or if Kiwior will continue to don the red and white jersey at the Emirates Stadium.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.