One of the hazards of having so many players in the World Cup is that it throws off your early training sessions. When Napoli went to their training retreat in Dimaro, the club had a number of players out on recovery vacations, with really only Lorenzo Insigne and Raul Albiol having come back so far.
Now, though, a number of players have started to trickle back in to training. Today saw the arrival of a very happy-looking group of Swiss players, lead by a positively jovial Gokhan Inler. Even Blerim Dzemaili and Valon Behrami seemed to be in good spirits despite being the focus of many a transfer rumor of late.
Behrami, as you're well aware by now, has recently been targeted by Altetico Madrid to help the defending La Liga champions restock their roster after a brutal run of departures left their roster depleted. Gianluca Di Marzio reported earlier that Napoli offered Behrami up as part of a swap deal for Mario Suarez after Atletico rejected their initial advance, but the Spanish club has rejected that move as well, demanding that Napoli pay the (significant) release clause in the midfielder's contract if they really want Suarez.
Dzemaili has been linked with a move to Spain as well, with both Valencia and Sevilla supposedly interested. Given past (and continuing) reports of interest from Borussia Monchengladbach and lately from Inter Milan (hi Walter!), it seems that Dzei has plenty of suitors to chose from should Napoli pull the trigger on a deal.
Perhaps the most notable return, however, was Chilean international Edu Vargas. The fiesty attacker had a wonderful World Cup for Chile, but many have assumed that Napoli would sell him after Vargas spent a year and a half on loan thanks to Walter Mazzarri deciding he wasn't good enough or old enough or something. Both Vargas' agent and Rafa Benitez have made several statements to the contrary, however, and Benitez was seen laughing with Vargas during training on several occasions this morning.
Hopefully Vargas really is very much in Rafa's plans, because he's a talented attacker. His skill and versatility is exactly what Napoli need right now, and being able to plug him in to the lineup for free instead of buying an expensive player from elsewhere is huge in this Financial Fair Play-restricted footballing world.
Walter Gargano has also returned to training after he participated in Uruguay's lifeless knockout round defeat at the hands of Colombia. No one expects him to stay long, though, as Gargano has been away on loan for two years and is supposedly on Riccardo Bigon's shortlist of players to sell.
Speaking of Colombia, we're still awaiting the return of Camilo Zuniga, who's had to be escorted by security everywhere he goes after receiving numerous death threats after injuring Neymar in the World Cup quarter-finals. The Argentina contingent is also still away on vacation after their Final defeat at the hands of Germany, though Gonzalo Higuain, Federico Fernandez, and Mariano Andujar are expected to return soon.