Davide Astori may be on his way to Napoli

Robert Cianflone

Italian media are reporting that Napoli may have finally convinced Cagliari to agree to a transfer of defender Davide Astori. Considering Napoli's defensive frailties, this would be an excellent move for the club.

The rumors are heating up about Davide Astori, with various outlets in Italy reporting that the defender is set to make the switch from Cagliari to Napoli. The Neapolitan side has been interested in Astori for quite some time, but Cagliari have always been reluctant to sell. It's possible the €13m figure being bandied about will convince the Sardinians to loosen their hold.

The Bergamo native has been with Cagliari since the summer of 2008, when he signed on a co-ownership deal from AC Milan. In his time with the club he's made 140 league appearances and scored three goals. But who really cares about goals when a defender is involve? I mean, Paolo Cannavaro probably scored three goals last season, but since he was putting them past Morgan De Sanctis it doesn't really count.

Napoli need another steady presence at center back, particularly with Hugo Campagnaro having followed Walter Mazzari to Inter Milan. It's been made pretty clear that Rafa Benítez doesn't have Federico Fernández in his long term plans, and no one wants to rely upon Miguel Britos. If the partenopei can coerce Cagliari into giving up Astori, it would be an excellent move for the club.

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