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Naples, finally Petagna: but the future is in the balance, Gattuso decides | First page

Today the adventure of Andrea Petagna with the Napoli shirt. The former Spal striker should have left with the group for the retreat in Castel di Sangro, but this was not the case: last August 20, four days before his departure for Abruzzo, Petagna tested positive for Coronavirus. So the isolation started and he couldn’t take part in the preparation with the rest of the team. Yesterday the player arrived in Naples and today took part in his first training session with his new companions. There was no lack of emotion on the part that he wrote on social media: “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I couldn’t be more proud, focused and determined for this new adventure. Come on Naples”.

THE OPERATION – On January 30th Napoli scored an operation in view of the 2020/21 season, the one that led Petagna to wear the blue shirt. A purchase made partly to focus on the physical qualities of the player and partly for the fear of losing Dries Mertens on a free transfer (which had not yet renewed). Napoli invested 17 million plus 3 bonuses to take him away from Spal, where, however, he remained on loan until the end of the season. For him a five-year period of almost 2 million euros per season.

GATTUSOPetagna’s goal is obviously to prove to be up to Napoli. From his words has always emerged the desire to stay in blue by playing his cards. In these days he will try to convince Gattuso at all costs. In the squad there is no striker with his characteristics, with Milik who is not a ram capable of playing physically back to goal e Osimhen he is high, but we are talking about a sprinter capable of being devastating in the open field. Finally Llorente, outside the blue projects. Gattuso will then study him, understand what more he can give to this Naples, especially considering the departure of Milik now one step away. THE FUTURE – After Gattuso has made all the necessary assessments, a decision will be made on his future. A sale on loan is not excluded, some suitors who are testing the ground to strengthen their staff. Among these there are Parma is Turin, but also the Fiorentina who is looking for a new center forward, as well as the Genoa. Obviously the Naples he would turn him elsewhere just to let him play, otherwise it would be better to keep him as a reserve for Osimhen and Mertens in blue. Before proceeding, however, in addition to the sale of Milik, that of Fernando Llorente must also be defined, otherwise the attacking pool would be really too large.

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