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Mercato Madness: Sassuolo want Paolo?

Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro may be on his way to Sassuolo, doing his bit to help the neroverdi stave off relegation.

Paolo Bruno

It's almost February, right? And we can back off from "HIGH ALERT POSSIBLE CALCIOMERCATO HAPPENINGS AHEAD" to "I will stir from my comatose state only if this rumor involves paying millions for one of the world's top defenders"?

But it's still January and so it is my duty to report that Di Marzio is reporting that Sassuolo are interested in Paolo Cannavaro. It seems strange that Napoli, for all their defensive woes, are willing to let go of a centerback - particularly a centerback that used to wear the captain's armband.

Yet it's evident that Canna will never again play for Rafa Benítez and really, if you watched him more than, say, twice last season, you're probably ok with that decision. Sassuolo are willing to take a chance on the defender, however. Likely because they're sitting in 17th, with the joint-worst goal difference in Serie A. The neroverdi have shipped an astonishing 46 goals in 21 matches, and they're willing to bet that Cannavaro would've been able to stop at least one of them.

What do you think, guys? Let him go?