Aurelio De Laurentiis has tweeted it out, so that means it's officially-official: David López is now a Napoli player.
La #SSCNapoli ufficializza l'acquisto a titolo definitivo di @David_Lopez6 da @RCDEspanyol #BenvenutoDavid pic.twitter.com/xhQRpeijtI— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) August 31, 2014
The deal, estimated to be worth about €5m, plus add-on bonuses, sees the 24-year-old move from Espanyol. López came up through the side's youth system, spending time in the lower divisions of Spanish football before returning to the Parakeets (parakeets? Spain does the best nicknames). He established himself as a regular with the side last season, but apparently, Napoli have persuaded him to give Italy a try.
So the club have finally managed to snag a midfielder -- and a defensive one, at that. Obviously López won't be available for today's trip to Genoa, but it (hopefully) means we'll be seeing a lot less of Walter Gargano. It also is likely to mean at least one other midfielder will be leaving before the window slams shut.