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Napoli To Play August 2nd Friendly Against Greek Side PAOK, Who Want Goran Pandev

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Napoli have another pre-season friendly on their slate against a quality side in PAOK from Greece, and they'll be coming to the San Paolo looking to potentially go home with a Napoli attacker coming along with them.

Enrico Locci

Napoli keep lining up interesting pre-season friendlies, and their opening match at the San Paolo will be another one. Leading things off for the club's prep for this vitally important season will be a date in Naples with traditional Greek powers PAOK, which should be an interesting little tune-up for the club coming out of their pre-season camp at the Castel Volturno.

The other storyline that might be wrapping itself around that match is that, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, PAOK are interesting in getting their hands on one Goran Pandev, who seems to be very out of favor in the eyes of Rafa Benitez right now. It'd be an interesting fit for Pandev, who's star has fallen significantly over the last two years and had a poor season despite finishing with a decent stat line. PAOK need another striker to supplement the aging (and rapidly declining) Dimitrios Salpingidis, and Pandev's style would be a fair fit for how the Greek league tends to play.

It's unlikely that Napoli would get a particularly large fee for Pandev; no team in the Greece is particularly well-off financially, and PAOK are no exception. Not helping matters any is that after two straight sub-par seasons, Pandev simply isn't worth very much any more. If Napoli get anywhere near the €7.5 million that they paid to wrest him from Inter Milan, they'll be very fortunate indeed.