Napoli finished fifth last season and missed out on champions league football, which sparked talks that big name players will leave but that wasn’t case-study for the team who has been keen to keen Higuain, Mertens, Insigne and other top players.
“Higuain aside, if I had sold the players that were the subject of bids, I would have received €98 million,” De Laurentiis told Corriere Dello Sport after disclosing he rejected a whopping €98 million worth of transfer from rival clubs.
Napoli have been circumspect in their additions, with Udinese’s Allan joining for an undisclosed fee and Vlad Chiriches arriving from Tottenham in a €6.1m deal the team hopes for the best.
De Laurentiis also added that he attempted to buy two other high-profile names: “We made substantial offers for [Daniele] Rugani and [Alessio] Romagnoli.”
Rugani eventually signed for Juventus from Empoli, while Romagnoli left Roma for AC Milan.
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