Giovanni Di Lorenzo ready to leave Napoli amid exit links

Giovanni Di Lorenzo is ready to leave Napoli in the summer as his agent reveals the message has been relayed to the club president. 

Napoli could lose one of their key stars, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, during the summer window. The 30-year-old full-back has been with the Serie A giants for five seasons now and enjoyed his best spell during the 2022-23 season, helping the Naples side lift the Scudetto after a long wait of more than three decades. 

Di Lorenzo has played 231 games for the club and has also been a regular for Italy during this period, lifting the Euros in 2021. Napoli had a disastrous title defence and finished well outside of European places at the end of the Serie A season, which might see the club lose some of its notable players, including the 30-year-old Serie A winner. 

Di Lorenzo’s agent has now revealed that the full-back will look to leave Napoli in the summer. With his comments that appeared on Team Talk, it’s clear that Napoli President Aurelio Di Laurentiis knows about the desire. 

His agent said, “He doesn’t feel the confidence, so yes, Di Lorenzo is ready to leave, we informed the club.

“The president [Aurelio] De Laurentiis is open to selling Giovanni in case of [a] good bid.”

The potential availability of Di Lorenzo will alert a few Premier League sides, most notably Aston Villa, who are keen. Unai Emery is pushing to sign the 30-year-old as he seeks more depth to his defensive ranks ahead of a season where the club will be playing in the Champions League. 

The move will see Matty Cash demoted to a secondary role as a back-up, while Ezri Konsa might move back into central defence. Di Lorenzo can also play centrally, meaning the Italian might provide a good shuffle for Emery to tinker with, which could eventually shore up the defensive ranks. 

Manchester United have also expressed interest in Di Lorenzo, with the club eager to refresh their right-back slot ahead of the summer. They are keen on Jeremie Frimpong as their primary target, but the lack of Champions League football might mean the Dutchman may not join. 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka could leave the club, and adding Di Lorenzo might fit their bill, as the Italian will bring a winning mentality to this side. As things stand, these are the clubs keen on the Napoli star as he inches closer to a departure, although any exit will depend on how much Di Laurentiis demands in fees, as the player still has a contract until 2028. 

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