Naples, not only James Rodriguez: also like Pepé from Lille

Naples, not only James Rodriguez: also like Pepé from Lille

The Lille forward, back from the elimination from the African Cup with his Ivory Coast, is the other track investigated by Giuntoli: 23 goals and 11 assists in the last season.

James Rodriguez remains at the top of Napoli's transfer market priorities and in the blue management - as confirmed by the recent declarations of the patron Aurelio De Laurentiis - they are convinced that the Colombian midfielder prefers Serie A to the La Liga sirens, coinciding with the Atletico Madrid court . As the standoff with Real Madrid proceeds, however, the ds Cristiano Giuntoli sorts out other names to reinforce the attack by Carlo Ancelotti.

The latest transfer market idea for Napoli comes from France. It responds to the name of Nicolas Pepé, Lille's offensive talent, who with his plays allowed Les Dogues to close Ligue 1 in second position and conquer the qualification for the group stage of the 2019/2020 Champions League. Merit (also) of the 23 goals and 11 assists provided by the Ivorian footballer born in 1995, who with his national team took part in the & nbsp; African Cup of 2019, closed with the knockout on penalties in the quarterfinals against Algeria.

Napoli's choice to probe the ground for Pepé derives from Rodrigo Machado Moreno of Valencia's refusal to leave La Liga and from the hesitations of Mauro Icardi, who in the event of a farewell to Inter might prefer Juventus to the blue club. According to Corriere dello Sport, Giuntoli would have aimed the headlights towards France, aiming for a name that has a lot of appeal in Italian football.

Napoli is not the first Serie A club to set its sights on Pepé. Last spring the Ivorian striker had in fact been targeted by Inter. An exploratory survey of the Nerazzurri, as reported by France Football at the time, ended with an offer of 60 million on the Lille plate, rejected by the French. Thus it is easy to assume that the quotation of the Ivorian attacker can be quantified in an amount equal to at least 65 million. Important auction base, which would not have discouraged the De Laurentiis family club.

Able to play both as an exterior and as a central point and with a long-limbed physique (183 cm by 69 kilos), after his first steps in French football with the Angers and Orleans jerseys, it is in the biennium at Lille, started in 2017, that Pepé is finding its full consecration. The French would only be deprived of it in the event of a maxi-offer and Napoli will also have to guard against competition from other big names in European football, such as Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid. The one with the colchoneros would be another virtual duel, after the one started for James.

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