Luigi Sepe is already at Napoli's training grounds at Castel Volturno getting ready for next season, but where he actually plays next year is a topic of some debate. Sepe wants to be somewhere that offers him consistent playing time, which would be the best thing both for his development and the future of Napoli -- but with Pepe Reina in the squad, that place won't be Napoli unless Reina gets hurt early in the season.
With that in mind, there's been a lot of talk about a loan to Fiorentina -- who currently lack a clear-cut number one goalkeeper -- to give Sepe a greater challenge than he faced last year with Empoli, where he performed at a surprisingly high level. Word from Sepe's agent is that the loan deal is essentially agreed at this stage -- but Sepe himself hasn't decided to leave just yet.
Apparently the 23 year old goalkeeper is considering spending a year playing Coppa Italia and Europa League minutes and learning under the tutelage of Reina, with whom he bears a rough stylistic similarity in goal. He could still accept the Fiorentina loan, but still needs time to make up his mind.
Either way, it's probably a good thing for Napoli -- at Fiorentina, he has a strong chance of taking a big step forward in his development. But at Napoli, he gives them potentially a better backup option than any other they have at the moment, and if Reina falters in any way, they need a strong choice to replace him.