After a close season of much speculation, Napoli have finally parted with star keeper Rajkovic, with Fiorentina winning the race to sign the 25 year old. Rajkovic managed 15 clean sheets last season, and also won 8 man of the match awards, to help the Italian club to having once of the meanest defences in division 3. Rajkovic started this season as he ended last season with a man of the match performance against Chievo.
“We’ve said throughout the summer that every player has a valuation, we are a trading club, and we saw Rajkovic as our biggest current saleable asset. We had at least 10 clubs make offers enquiries over the summer, but none really ticked the boxes at that stage. We had internally decided to move on with Rajkovic as number 1 for the season despite bringing in Sepe. However last night we was offered a deal worth over £10 Million for the player, with us receiving 27 year old Russian international Roman Zobnin in exchange with cash our way. Zobnin is rated at 88, and we think still has some improvement in him. He is an established international player, who will add further strength in depth to our midfield which is already our strongest area of the side. We’ve added Moutinho, Mooy, Vidal and Matic already to that central area, and having a 5th player in there, will aid us through suspensions, fatigue and injuries.”
Sepe and Kaminski will now fight out to be the clubs number one, with Sepe likely to take the mantle in the first instance given his higher rating. Sepe came in for a straight £7 million cash deal, which is now looking great business given he shared the 87 rating with Rajkovic, it sort of gives us an 88 rated central midfielder for free, who can impact the first team this season.
Tonao Rodrigues is also currently undergoing a medical, as he will swap Gremio for Italy, in a deal which see’s O’hare go in the opposite direction. “We like the look of O’hare, but felt Tonao has a little more potential right now, so we’ve moved to secure his signature. We are also currently trying to get Roberts over the line but are in competition with Leverkusen for his signature, so that may or may not happen. We would like more cover in the full back positions and feel Roberts could improve over the next season or two to become a genuine first team option, we’ll have to see how that ones goes, as we do have a potential back up option if that falls through. Either way once these deals are done, then the cheque book will be closed and there will be no more incomings or outgoings this season.