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Napoli Notes (March 9th, 2019): Napoli in advanced talks with Austrian winger

Plus Hamsik reveals his favorite manager

Northern Ireland v Austria - UEFA Nations League B
Lazaro celebrates after scoring a goal for Austria in the UEFA Nations Lague
Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Lazaro to Napoli?

According to Sport Mediaset, Napoli are in advanced talks with 22 year-old Hertha Berlin winger, Valentino Lazaro. Reports claim that Napoli are willing to bid roughly 20 million euros on the Austrian who is seen by many as the possible heir to Jose Callejon (who turned 32 earlier this year). Lazaro spent the first 5 years of his career at Red Bull Salzburg before moving to Hertha Berlin in 2017 where he didn’t take long to establish himself as a regular in the starting eleven. In 23 games so far this season in the Bundesliga he has 2 goals and 5 assists.

Hamsik talks Napoli managers

In an interview with Il Mattino, Marek Hamsik praised many of his former managers at Napoli but admitted that under Sarri, Napoli played the best football in Europe and that the three years under Sarri were “extraordinary.” Hamsik also went on to praise Edoardo Reja and Walter Mazzarri but curiously left out Rafa Benitez saying “He used to replace me too many times, but our relationship was good.” Sarri also made a routine of taking Hamsik off for Piotr Zielinski but at the later stage in his career it appears as if the former Napoli captain understood his physical limitations.

Balotelli opens the door for future Napoli move

Mario Balotelli has gotten off to a flying start at Marseille scoring 4 goals in 6 matches and averaging a goal roughly every 100 minutes. In an interview with La Pravence, Balotelli claimed that “As far as I am concerned, Marseille are the biggest club in France. I thank Nice and its supporters, but there’s no comparison with Marseille... I’ve always felt that I would fit in here and I can’t explain why. The atmosphere is a bit like Naples. I’ve said the only Italian club I could play for would be Napoli. It’s more or less the same thing at Marseille.” So while it seems the enigmatic Italian striker is enjoying life in Marseille for now, would you be open to seeing him at Napoli later in his career?