What to Expect from Napoli as the January Transfer Window Closes
Usually, you'd have a better chance predicting what a team was going to do during a transfer window with a ouija board than anything else.
When the window first opened, club President Aurelio De Laurentiis hinted positively toward Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli; it wasn't long before Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri was doing the same.
You never really know, but De Laurentiis is now saying the checkbook is closed for January. It seemed he might try to buy a defender after Gianluca Grava and Paolo Cannavaro were suspended, but now that those bans have been lifted, that depth issue is no longer a problem.
De Laurentiis confirmed as much Friday: “I was going to invest in a new defender, but now there is no need," he said.
Ultimately, it'd be shocking if he spent anymore this January, even if you throw out what he said Friday, his comments to Gazzetta dello Sport, Monday, basically sealed all speculation on Napoli's spending this winter.
"When people criticise me for not wanting to make any big moves during the transfer window, I think they must be people who don't understand much about football," De Laurentiis said. "Because moving now would mean excluding those who are working hard and doing very well."
"Let's look at the facts: if we're second based on our results, excluding the penalty, if we've got 13 points more than last season, it's because we've earned those points on the pitch—nobody has given them to us. It means we've played a decent level of football and that we can't be all that bad," he said.
"So why should I replace players with other players who might only be better on paper because they earn more, considering that January is supposed to be a time when you fix things? We mustn't get carried away, we must be professional and not act hastily. We have a group of players and a coach who are totally focused," he concluded.
Do you think De Laurentiis is doing the right thing sticking with what they have, or should they do some more spending before the window closes?
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