It's going to be a busy summer for Napoli. They have a new manager and a new sporting director, with new tactics and a new vision. They have a lot of needs and a set of players who don't all fit what's happening at the club now, so some of them are going to wind up elsewhere this summer. It's unfortunate, but sometimes that's just how the business of sport works out.
Right now, it looks like there are three Napoli players who are close to deals to leave. First and foremost among them is Jose Callejon, who scored 26 goals in the league for Napoli over the last two seasons as a wide forward. His acquisition proved to be one of the best of the Rafa Benitez era, and the 28 year old Spaniard, fondly dubbed "Ziggy" by The Siren's Song's founder, has become a fan favorite in Naples.
Now, though, Callejon looks like a man without a place at Napoli. New manager Maurizio Sarri primarily runs a system that doesn't utilize wingers, and even though Callejon started his career as a striker, he's unquestionably better out wide. While he could be immensely valuable to Napoli as a tactics- and pace-changing option off the bench, that's probably not a role he's interested in at this point in his career. He wants to be starting, playing a big part for his team, and most importantly, playing in the Champions League.
He can get all three of those things back home in Spain, where Atletico Madrid have been trying to get him for a year now. Napoli have rebuffed their advances in the past, and the fit always seemed strange because of Callejon's career-long ties to Real Madrid. But with Ziggy no longer having a role at Napoli and his camp dropping the denial game a month ago, it seems that this latest batch of Callejon-to-Atleti rumors are likely to finally come to fruition.
Beating him to the exit door will likely be Miguel Britos, who apparently has already come to terms on a deal with Turkish club Besiktas. He's actually apparently set to get a raise off what he makes in Naples despite mostly disappointing since he joined Napoli, which is amusing. The two clubs haven't come to an agreement on a sale of Britos yet, but considering that the Uruguayan is a part of why Napoli need to revamp their defense, it probably won't take much to pry him away
Gokhan Inler also looks set for a departure from the San Paolo after a poor season with Napoli. Apparently Sarri doesn't consider him to be a vital part of his plans and is willing to let the Swiss international go, with Fiorentina and their own new boss, Paulo Sousa, eager to bring him in. Sousa made his name in Switzerland with Basel and seems to understand the Swiss footballing mindset, so could be well-suited to getting Inler to play well again.
While Callejon should bring in a healthy chunk of change -- €20 million is the presumptive fee being tossed around -- Napoli would be lucky to get more than €6 million combined for Britos and Inler. Still, that's a healthy chunk of change to inject into the club when they need every euro possible to rebuild the side. If they have to leave, that's unfortunate but understandable. Hopefully they find good luck in the future.