Napoli expect to receive a response from Manchester City either today or tomorrow concerning their bid to sign Ukrainian youngster Oleksandar Zinchenko on an initial loan deal.
Italian journalist Ciro Venerato reported the news to the microphones of Rai Sport yesterday with Napoli gaining entry to the Champions League group stage following their victory over French side Nice.
With that done and dusted, they now hope to complete a squad capable of competing on all fronts, and Zinchenko’s profile of being a talented and technical young midfielder with a large upside appeals to them.
Napoli’s offer is an initial loan deal for which they would pay €500,000, with an option to buy him for €6million. The option to buy would become obligatory should Oleks make 25 appearances of 45 minutes or more during the season.
City would make a €4million profit after just one year on a player who endured a disappointing loan spell at PSV Eindhoven last season, but one who clearly has a great amount of talent and potential.
Napoli could delay the transfer while they understand if a deal for a former Man City youngster, Denis Suárez of Barcelona, is possible. Suárez has a €40million release clause and if old clauses remain active, City would receive 20% if Barcelona choose to sell him. Samu Castillejo is another young player Napoli are considering as an alternative to Zinchenko.
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