Napoli have moved closer to securing one of their January transfer targets, meeting with the agent of Ivan Strinic to talk contract while club officials were in Milan for this weekend's match.
Strinic, the Croatian international left back who's available on a free transfer once his contract with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk expires at the end of the month, has clearly been one of Napoli's focuses for the January transfer window, and the club has been moving quickly to secure his services. They made an initial offer last week, and reportedly used this trip to hammer out some more of the details of a deal.
By the reports, the sides are agreed on the basics of a four-year deal worth around €1.5 million per year (roughly €28,000 per week), but have yet to agree on things like annual wage increases or performance bonuses. It's a completely reasonable deal for a left back of Strinic's talents, and it's also good enough to get him to sign quickly, which is important for Napoli right now.
It's been said before, and it'll be said again: Strinic is good. Quite good. Good enough to possibly supplant Faouzi Ghoulam as the starting left back in the long term, something he'll have a chance to prove himself capable of while Ghoulam is away with Algeria at the African Cup of Nations.
If the deal is as close as it sounds, Napoli should be able to clear up the final details in the next couple of weeks and announce the deal almost right away once the transfer window opens, much like the Manolo Gabbiadini deal is shaping up. As always, if any further pertinent details emerge, we'll bring them to you as soon as we can.