Arsenal and Chelsea may have the opportunity to profit from player transfers this summer as Napoli’s transfer strategy has been unveiled.
The recent Serie A champions are preparing to resist offers for key players like Victor Osimhen, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, and Kim Min-jae. However, they are equally focused on retaining their top talent and recruiting new players to defend their title in the upcoming season.
In the face of anticipated heavy investments from competitors such as AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus, Napoli’s president has outlined a strategy to strengthen Luciano Spalletti’s team.
Aurelio De Laurentiis, in a conversation with La Repubblica, expressed his desire to sign an American and a Japanese player. Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu and Matt Turner, and Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, are the three players who meet this criteria.
Based on an analysis by the CIES Football Observatory, Arsenal could generate £13.1 million from the sale of their duo, while Chelsea could net £34.9 million by transferring Pulisic. De Laurentiis stated, “I want to add more players… I want an American and a Japanese player. Even though the American league may not be highly valued, they have exceptional players who excel in the national team. We already have a Korean player, and as football develops in the East, there are new names to consider. However, I don’t want to lose any of our players.”
If Napoli is considering Pulisic, they need to act quickly. Olivier Giroud, former teammate of Pulisic at Chelsea, has already suggested that the winger join AC Milan. In an interview with Morning Footy, quoted by Goal, Giroud said, “Christian is always happy, easy-going and brings good vibes. Our on-pitch understanding was top-notch, similar to what I had with Eden [Hazard]. He’s skillful, can dribble, and play the one-two. We had good times together and I hope he can overcome injuries and achieve more consistency.”
When asked about the possibility of Pulisic joining AC Milan, Giroud responded positively, stating, “I think people here would love it. He’s definitely a big name in Europe, so he would help us.”