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Club ‘working to overcome’ two obstacles to sign Wolves star – Belief deal can be closed in ‘short time’

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Max Kilman favours a move to Napoli as it will give him an opportunity to play in the Champions League next season.

The Serie A winners have identified the centre-back as a priority target to replace Kim Min-jae.

That’s according to Calcio Napoli 1926, who say the Naples club are ‘working to overcome’ obstacles to secure the Wolves player’s signature in the summer window.

Tottenham Hotspur have also joined Napoli in the race to sign the 26-year-old. The Serie A side could easily overcome this because he wants to play in the Champions League, something that Spurs cannot offer next season.
It’s said Julen Lopetegui’s side value the 26-year-old at €40m. This is the second obstacle as Napoli have offered around €35m to the English club, which they rejected.

The Italians, however, are confident of overcoming this by potentially including bonuses or by offering to pay the difference at a later date.

All the other defenders that are on the Italian champions’ list are also going to cost around €40m, but Kilman is the favourite target for Rudi Garcia.

Therefore, the report states a deal for the Wolves defender can be closed in a ‘short time’ with the two obstacles seemingly easily overcome.

Lazio and Napoli are both keeping tabs on Samuele Ricci, but it’d take a large offer to convince Torino to sell. The Granata plan to hold on to their best players. They convinced Milan Juric to stay in their dugout for another campaign thanks to such a promise.

Per Il Mattino, the Partenopei are seeking a midfielder that could be utilized both in 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1. The youngster fits the bill. He’d be able to deputize Stanislav Lobotka and their box-to-box.

Instead, Lazio want a maestro that could alternate with Danilo Cataldi and could potentially give Ricci a larger role compared to Napoli, La Stampa informs. The Biancocelesti are also keen on Antonio Sanabria in their never-ending search for a backup striker, Sky relays.

Per Calciomercato, the capital side will have a meeting with the agent of the player in the next few days. The Granata paid €8.5M to sign him from Empoli.

Our Take on Napoli, Lazio, and Ricci
His versatility is an asset and he can still be molded, even though he will never be an Andrea Pirlo-esque deep-lying playmaker. While almost nobody is truly untouchable these days, the suitors would have to open up their wallets to get him. His departure would be surprising.

Wolves to make ‘revised offer’ after €15m defender bid ‘rejected’
Wolverhampton Wanderers transfer news from BirminghamLive as the club looks for a defender to replace Nathan Collins

are interested in Galatasaray’s Victor Nelsson as they look for replacements in central defence, according to a report.

Julen Lopetegui needs at least one new centre back after Nathan Collins moved to Brentford for £23m this week, following Conor Coady’s move from Molineux to Leicester City for an initial £7.5m last week. The need to recruit for the heart of the defence will become even more acute if Napoli meet Wolves asking price of £35m for Max Kilman having had a £30m bid turned down.

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Wolves were linked with Nelsson last summer and appear to have revived their interest in the 24-year-old Dane. That’s according to Turkish paper Takvim which says Wolves have had an offer of 15m Euros (£12.8m) rejected by Galatasaray who are holding out for £25m Euros (£21.4m). They say a Wolves could ‘knock on the door’ with a new offer.

Nelsson joined Galatasaray from FC Copenhagen two years ago and he has just helped them win the Turkish title. Wolves may face competition though as Tottenham have also been linked as with the Danish international as Ange Postecoglou rebuilds his side. Tottenham have also been linked with Kilman although Napoli appear to be frontrunners for the 26 year old left-footed centre back if Wolves do decide to sell.

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