Reports in Italy suggest that Napoli are leading the race to sign Mousa Dembele this summer. The Partenopei’s new head coach Carlo Ancelotti was reported by Italian media as having expressed an interest in the Belgian international.
Another source is now indicating that the Serie A club’s sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli will head to the UK to spearhead talks and agree on a deal for the 30-year-old.
Fans on Twitter were pretty mixed in their reaction to the news:
No way should he be selling unless we have a top replacement already brought in.
— Avengers 4: Sweet Rabbit Strikes Back (@Daniel_Shack) 28 May 2018
I absolutely love dembele but there is always someone bigger and better #COYS
— ryan brown86 (@RyBrown86) 28 May 2018
He has had a handful of great games. He goes missing, is garunteed to get injured and is 30.
— Oliver (@OGlazebrook) 28 May 2018
He dominates the big game, Juve in Turin, v Madrid, United, Chelsea, etc.
— LJohnson (@lazqetjohnson) 28 May 2018
Sign Rabiot and I don’t care
— JW (@JVV32) 28 May 2018
Its Winksy’s time to step up
— Sean Azze (@SeanAzze) 28 May 2018
Me watching all these fans talk about The GOAT like he’s past it. pic.twitter.com/0jAomw2zP6
— Mpho Kekana (@Afro_Scot) 28 May 2018
As long as we spend a decent amount on the replacement im not to bothered
— Addicted To Spurs (@addicted_spurs) 28 May 2018
A fully fit Moussa is about as perfect a CM as you could want. It’s going to take a hell of a signing to replace him
— #FPL Crate Digger (@johnsmithspurs) 28 May 2018
Why is everyone getting so upset, he’s not the same player as a couple years ago
— devlin (@thfcdev) 28 May 2018
— Zach (@20Role) 28 May 2018
The source for this story is an Italian website Calcio Napoli 24 which is certainly not a high profile media outlet in the country. There is likely some interest from Serie A sides because the midfielder has just one more year left on his contract.
However, having the intention to buy a player, and actually making a concrete bid, are two different things. So far, there have been no reports that our no.19 has been a subject of an offer from any club.