Napoli Transfer Talk: 10 Players Napoli Should Target This Summer

John WhiteContributor IIAugust 2, 2011

Napoli Transfer Talk: 10 Players Napoli Should Target This Summer

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    This past season under Walter Mazzarri, Napoli proved they have what it takes to compete with the big clubs in Italy.

    Since returning to Serie A, Napoli have continued to improve each season, which resulted in them qualifying for Champions League.

    Napoli have already signed a few players. With a couple key additions, they will not only be able to compete with the top teams in Italy, but they will have a serious chance of finishing atop of Serie A.

Sergio Romero

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    With an aging Morgan De Sanctis set to start in net, Napoli could use a younger goalie.  

    Sergio Romero would prove to be a better backup than recently acquired Rosati and would challenge De Sanctis for the starting position.

    With a lot of football to play, having two quality goalies would really help.

Salvatore Bocchetti

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    Salvatore Bocchetti has been unsettled since moving to Ruban Kazan. He has expressed his desire recently to return to Italy, as he is feeling home sick.  

    What better team to return to than his home team?

    The Napoli native would add to an already strong back end and could be a future leader much like current captain, Paolo Cannavaro.

Nicolas Otamendi

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    The young Argentine has made a name for himself, as both a defensive and offensive talent for Porto. Otamendi would strengthen the backline and would also score goals.

    His five goals in 15 games for Porto last season can speak for themselves. 

Fernando Gago

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    Fernando Gago has become the odd man out in Madrid with recent high-priced signings.  He is looking for a way out with Argentine club Boca Juniors, his preferred destination.

    Real Madrid would also like to sell him to fund a move for a striker.  Gago is young and would add stability to the midfield. His defensive game would come in handy against top players in Europe.

Antonio Nocerino

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    Another Naples born player who is looking for a change of scenery.

    Nocerino has become a mainstay for both Palermo and the Italian National team.  Nocerino is in the final year of his contract, and Palermo would like to sell him this summer rather than let him leave on a free transfer next summer. 

Jonas Gutierrez

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    Gutierrez recently said that should he leave Newcastle, he would like to experience soccer in Italy, with Lazio and Napoli as his preferred destinations.  

    Jonas was a key member in Diego Maradona's 2010 World Cup squad. Since then he has continued his strong performance for Newcastle. 

Kaka

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    Kaka is another rumoured player Real Madrid are looking to move to finance their move for a striker.  

    Kaka has struggled to regain his once player of the year form in Madrid these past two seasons.  A return to Italy could benefit Kaka, as he was rumoured to be returning to Milan.  

    Kaka would be an expensive singing, but he would not only make Napoli a contender in Serie A, but he could possibly make them serious competitors in Europe this season. 

Antonio Cassano

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    Antonio Cassano has fallen down the pecking order for Milan, and rumours that Mario Balotelli could sign with the club this summer only put his future in doubt.

    Cassano needs regular playing time to keep his spot on the Italian National team ahead of Euro 2012. Cassano would give Napoli a creative striker and another scoring threat behind Cavani.

Carlos Tevez

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    With the signing of Sergio Aguero, Tevez's days in Manchester are numbered.  

    This would be an expensive signing and difficult to pull off, but there is no doubting Tevez's skill. Tevez could form a lethal partnership with Cavani and could lead Napoli to silverware next season.

Alberto Gilardino

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    Gilardino would be a less expensive signing than Carlos Tevez.  Fiorentina is asking for €15 million for the Italian international.  

    Gilardino would be a scoring threat and would take some pressure off of Cavani who had to carry a majority of the work load up front.