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Mattia De Sciglio "couldn't say no" to Napoli if an offer came in

De Sciglio's agent says that he's been in touch with Napoli, and that it would be a welcome move after his struggles at Milan.

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Mattia De Sciglio is enjoying an excellent run with the Italy national team at Euro 2016, especially drawing praise for his performance in Italy's 2-0 win over Spain in the round of 16. He's also starting to draw attention on the transfer market with his current club, AC Milan, looking more unstable than ever as a will-they-or-won't-they-sell drama continues to play out.

While the 23 year old fullback hasn't always enjoyed the best or most consistent play with Milan over the last few years, there's still a lot of talent in him that could possibly be unlocked with a move to the right team. Apparently Napoli think that they could be that team, because according to De Sciglio's agent, Donato Orgnoni, they've been in contact and expressed interest in bringing in the young talent.

Orgnoni claims that De Sciglio has no immediate plans to leave Milan as he's focused on helping Italy make as deep a run in the Euros as he can, but also says that it would "not be possible" to say no if Napoli made an actual offer, calling them an "important team" with a "beautiful environment." It also probably helps that Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri helped rebuild a few somewhat tarnished player reputations last season, including Jorginho and Raul Albiol, and employs his fullbacks in a way that suits De Sciglio quite well, which after years of misuse at Milan would be most welcome for player and agent alike.

While Napoli's actual need for a starting-quality fullback seems a little murky -- the only actual current hole is for a backup right back to replace and improve on Christian Maggio -- Napoli's interest in bringing in a good right back is clear. They missed out on Sime Vrsaljko after the former Sassuolo man signed with Atletico Madrid, and their efforts to sign utility midfielder-slash-fullback Fabinho from AS Monaco may prove too costly. De Sciglio and his ability to play on either flank with equal ease and skill would be most attractive, and there aren't many reclamation projects among young Italian players with more potential return on the investment than De Sciglio right now.

If Napoli do decide to chase after the young fullback, though, they'll have plenty of company -- Juventus have been heavily linked with him over the last few months, and there's been some interest abroad as well, especially from Liverpool in England. He likely wouldn't be exceptionally cheap, either -- Milan would value De Sciglio more as a home-grown talent, and his contract still has two more seasons on it, giving them some degree of leverage in negotiations, albeit a slowly decreasing one.

Still, it would be a pursuit well worth the effort should it materialize, and just maybe he'll wind up wearing a Napoli shirt come the first kick of the Serie A campaign come August.