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Napoli are reportedly in negotiations over a potential wage with Udinese midfielder Lazar Samardzic, as talks between the two clubs and the player’s representatives intensify.
There had been suggestions earlier in the week that negotiations had stalled due to a disagreement over image rights. However, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports on Friday that this issue has now been settled. La Gazzetta writes that the only piece of the puzzle still to be put in place is Samardzic’s salary. Initial reports suggest that Napoli and Samardzic’s entourage are around 1 million euros apart in terms of initial demands. According to La Gazzetta, the club would ideally like to pay the 21-year-old around €2 million a year, while Samardzic would prefer something closer to €3 million. With Piotr Zielinski apparently heading to Inter and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa off to the African Cup of Nations, Napoli’s need for midfield reinforcements has grown, which is why the club is keen to conclude a deal for Samardzic as soon as possible. Recent reports suggest that the total cost of the deal will cost Napoli around €25 million with bonuses.