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The Europa League came to an end in Swansea City, Italy after their loss to Napoli with 3-1. The side of Garry Monk was playing in the very first knockout match in European competition which was very impressive but at the Stadio san Paolo, it only fell short. The hosts were put Lorenzo Insigne ahead in the 16th minute when it was equalized by Jonathan De Guzman on the half hour.
Player Gonzalo Higuain came to rescue the team in the 78th minute and to put Napoli back in the front. The Swans came in forcefully to make it 2-2 but just then the goal keeper of Napoli, Jose Reina, gave an amazing one headed save to repel the player. Gokahan Inler played exceptionally well as he scored the third second of the team from time. Napoli will be taking in Porto next time.
Garry Monk had hoped for a strong performance from his players after the impressing game in Wale. Napoli wasted a good opportunity when Goran Pandey established a safe Higuain in the box, whereas his strike went over the bar. But the home side of Napoli opened its scoring sheet after Higuain caught sight of Insigne and hit a haphazard shot which made the ball go over the goalkeeper of Swansea, Michel Vorm
This was replied by Swansea when De Guzman hit a strike from 30 yards away but was unfortunately saved by Reina. Higuain’s right footed shot went wide of Vorm’s post. Ben Davies’ was cleared by a defender from Napoli as Swansea looked for an opportunity to equalize the score board. These efforts were fulfilled when De Guzman was cleverly sent in and he hit a 18 yard shot past Reina which kept 900 fans of Swans in amazement.
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Marseille’s defender Nicolas N’Koulou is a player that Rafael Benitez is keen on adding to his squad in Napoli but he will be forced to wait at least until June in order to launch an official offer for the 23 years old player.
The French side Marseille is located in 5th place of the Ligue 1 and is hoping to secure a Champions League spot as well as fight for the respective league title and cannot afford on selling one of their best players and performers of this season which is why they will not listen to any offers at least until June.
One of the rising stars of Hellas Verona, Jorge Jorginho has attracted the attention of Rafael Benitez as he wants to sign him up for Napoli.
“Jorginho is a player we have been following for a long time,” Benitez told Italian Radio Kiss Kiss.
“I have full confidence in the work of our sporting director Riccardo Bigon. He has always done well and we are working together at 100 per cent. We did some good things in the transfer market last summer. Of course, we would prefer to sign Italian players in the transfer market as the adaptation period is easier. We are looking but it is not always easy to get the best Italian players to join Napoli.”
It is believed that Napoli is willing to pay €8 million upfront and another €2.5 will be added as a performance related payment. The agent of Jorginho stated that his client can leave Hellas Verona if the price is right and he later went on praising Napoli as he considers the club to be one of the most important in Italy.
“He can leave Verona now if he receives a great offer if an important proposal arrives it is fair that the player is allowed to leave. In Italy there are three or four teams who can pay for him and Napoli is one of them. Napoli is one of the most important clubs in Italy’’. The agent of Jorginho stated when he was questioned about the future of his client.
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The manager of Napoli, Rafa Benitez, is ready to make some big signings this January. He has a couple of Premier League players on his radar i.e. Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) and Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur) and he will be trying hard to secure the services of both those guys during the upcoming transfer window.
Napoli has done alright in the top flight in Italy so far this season, but, Benitez knows that his team has a few defensive issues and that’s why, he is eager to sign a player who can strengthen that area. Recently, he has brought in Anthony Reveillere who is a veteran defender, but, he wants somebody slightly younger as well and thus, he is planning to bid for Sagna.
Sagna’s contract at the Emirates Stadium is going to expire at the end of the ongoing season and he is unlikely to sign a new deal there. So, he will be a free agent next summer, but, Benitez is not ready to wait till that time. He wants to land Sagna at Stadio San Paolo in January.
Sagna has been a top player for the Gunners in the last few years and he has also been reported to be on the radar of a few Ligue 1 clubs.
As far as Dembele is concerned, he is not playing regularly for the first team of Spurs at the moment and he is not likely to do so in the second half of the season either. With Belgian World Cup side to be announced in a few months’ time, he would be looking for some first team football and thus, it shouldn’t be surprising at all if he gets lured to Napoli by Benitez.
Dembele had arrived at White Hart Lane at the start of the previous season.
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