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Watch Napoli transfer target Ivan Perisic score against Italy

Rumored transfer target Ivan Perisic is having himself a good day for Croatia as his side plays against Italy in European Championship qualifying.

Valerio Pennicino

One of the names that's been floating around that Napoli want to pursue as a Lorenzo Insigne replacement has been that of Wolfsburg winger Ivan Perisic. The Croatian international was a rumored target over the summer as well, but a move never materialized. Now Napoli are believed to be looking in to what it would take to get Perisic out of Germany and in to a blue shirt.

Meanwhile, Perisic started for Croatia today against Italy, and is having himself a pretty fine day, including this well-struck goal against Gigi Buffon:

Buffon played that terribly, but Perisic deserves a lot of credit as well. He had two very small windows between defenders, goalkeeper, and the goalframe to fit his shot through, and he struck it perfectly through both of them. The low drive kept Buffon from getting a clear read on it, and just like that Croatia were equalized after Antonio Candreva scored the opener or Italy just a few minutes before.

While it's far from certain that Napoli will be able to get Perisic in January, he's certainly a more than worthy player to go after. He'll likely be more expensive than some of their other options, but it seems likely he'd be well worth the expense.