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Napoli are planning to bolster their midfield in the coming winter mercato, and have reportedly begun to consider Borussia Dortmund’s Emre Can.
The Partenopei have already sold Eljif Elmas to RB Leipzig and will lose Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa to the fast-approaching Africa Cup of Nations, reducing Walter Mazzarri’s options in the center of midfield. Napoli have already identified their main target, keen to seal a deal for Udinese starlet Lazar Samardzic, and are now looking for another suitable reinforcement as they look to fight for a top-four finish. Our Corriere dello Sport colleagues detail how Napoli have begun to think seriously about a move for Can in the next transfer window, despite the fact that the Borussia Dortmund midfielder doesn’t particularly fit their usual profile. The 29-year-old German would cost around €20 million and earn a salary of around €4 million net per season, so it would be a risk on the part of Aurelio De Laurentiis’s club, who aren’t usually willing to invest too much in an older player. Can has already spent 18 months with Juventus from July 2018 to January 2020, scoring four goals and providing one assist in a total of 45 appearances.