Napoli plan double transfer swoop for strikers Andrea Belotti, Ciro Immobile

Aditya Devavrat 00:21 20/02/2019
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Andrea Belotti (L) and Ciro Immobile.

Napoli are planning a double transfer swoop this summer with strikers Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile on the radar as they look to close the gap between themselves and Juventus.

After a 2017-18 season which saw the Partenopei push Juve all the way in the race for the Serie A title, and for a long time look like the favourites to win the trophy, this season has seen normal service resume with Juventus 13 points ahead and just 14 games remaining in the season.

Though Napoli are likely to retain their status as best of the rest, Cristiano Ronaldo‘s arrival in Turin last summer has made Juve even more dominant before – a state of affairs the Naples club would like to change.

To that end, according to Calcio Mercato, both Torino captain Belotti and Lazio star Immobile have been identified as targets to bolster the attacking ranks.

Belotti’s current contract runs until 2021, but at 25 his career has begun to stall after he missed out on making a move to one of Europe’s bigger clubs in the 2017 summer window, when Manchester UnitedChelsea, and Juventus were all said to be interested. Playing for a club which has become a regular participant in the Champions League is a logical next step, thus underlining Napoli’s potential allure.

Immobile’s current deal at Lazio is an even longer one, until 2023. However, the 28-year-old may want a step up as he enters his prime, having experienced Champions League football only once before, during the 2014-15 season with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. If Lazio fail to qualify this season – they’re currently seventh, though just four points behind fourth-placed AC Milan – he may be tempted to move, or the club may look to sell him to raise funds.

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