5 Players Napoli Need to Sell in the Summer Transfer Window
As Rafael Benitez enters his second season as Napoli coach, he has the opportunity to further shape the team as he wishes.
This summer he should consider offloading some of the dead wood in the squad, while at the same time bringing in some new faces to bolster energy levels and freshen things up a bit.
If key players such as Gonzalo Higuain, Marek Hamsik and Gokhan Inler remain, the side will maintain its strong core while hopefully improving further with some smart signings.
For that to happen, the squad will need to be trimmed in other areas.
Here are five payers Benitez should consider offloading during the summer transfer window.
Little more than a bit-part player for Napoli, Eduardo Vargas could be sold over the summer for a reasonable fee on the back of his strong showings in the World Cup.
The Chilean was impressive in Brazil and should therefore command a fair amount of interest from Italian and overseas clubs.
According to The Mirror's Ed Malyon, Benitez is prepared to let the forward go:
Despite Vargas proving his ability on loan at Spanish side Valencia last season, Napoli coach Rafa Benitez is still not interested in keeping the forward and the Italians will sell for as little as £9 million.
Vargas’ representatives have been informed of the club’s position, and are working on negotiating his exit.
Benitez should consider clearing out his midfield of aging veterans who are not first-choice starters, especially if that enables him to bring in some younger players such as Christoph Kramer.
Giandomenico Mesto has spent two full seasons at the club now and only played in 27 Serie A matches over that period.
He has been a useful backup midfielder, but at 32, it is not worth keeping him around when there are younger players who could do just as good a job, if not better, than him.
Despite being a high-quality Serie A campaigner over a number of years, Goran Pandev showed signs last season he is fading as an attacking force.
The Macedonian international scored seven times in 27 league appearances for the Southern Italian club in 2013-14, and just once during their Champions League campaign.
Most effective as a support striker or cutting in from the flank, he is not particularly suited to Benitez's preferred lone-striker system.
It may be of benefit to both club and player if the 31-year-old moves elsewhere.
In a similar vein to Mesto, Marco Donadel is another solid but unspectacular midfielder Napoli might be better off cutting loose.
Once captain of Italy's U-21 team, it could be said the Milan product has never really lived up to his potential, despite doing enough to earn his keep at a number of Serie A clubs.
The 31-year-old spent last season on loan at Verona where he made 23 league appearances, and it is hard to see him breaking into the Napoli starting XI this time around.
Rather than farming him out again, the club should consider selling him for some kind of profit, even if it is a small one.
As Goal's Mark Doyle reports, Lorenzo Insigne had a troubled relationship with some of Napoli's supporters last season, and those problems appear to be ongoing:
The attacker, who had some issues with the San Paolo faithful last season, refused to take the microphone during a squad presentation ceremony at Dimaro
Gokhan Inler insists that he has no idea why Lorenzo Insigne declined the opportunity to address Napoli's fans on Friday evening.
The Italy international was offered the chance to speak during the formal presentation of the Partenopei squad for the 2014-15 season at Dimaro.
Though the dynamic forward has a bright future ahead of him, the situation at Napoli could soon become untenable. In such a case, it may be a smarter move to sell him and buy a player of similar quality who is a better fit for the club.