After recently confirming that their star defender, Domenico Criscito, is allowed to leave the club int the summer, Genoa have now stated that the left back is very close in joining last season’s third place team, Napoli, after both parties agreed on the fee required.
The news was revealed by the Griffone’s president, Enrico Preziosi, who revealed that the Partenopei have agreed on paying 6 million Euro for Criscito in a co-ownership status and in the future the Southern Italian club can buy the other half for an already agreed amount.
“Napoli have shown a concrete interest, proposing a figure that is equal to his value, so we have accepted Napoli’s offer for Criscito. They have paid €6m in a co-ownership deal with an option to buy the remaining 50 per cent of his contract for a figure that has already been decided,” Preziosi told Radio Kiss Kiss.
Moreover, the President revealed that everything left at the moment is only the personal agreement between Criscito and the Napoli’s management as once all parties find the right deal, than the Italian international is officially a Partenopei player. Looking at the fact that Criscito seems eager to play for the Naples based team, it shouldn’t be hard to find an agreement between them, everything just looks like nothing more than just formality.
Now the player and his agent have to agree terms with them. It’s just a matter of putting pen on paper to complete Criscito’s transfer to the Azzurri. It’s a dream come true for the lad, going back to his home town,” Preziosi stated.
Previously, Criscito himself has already stated his interest in joining Napoli especially since he will get a chance to play in the Champiosn League next summer, something that he probably won’t be able to achieve with Genoa. The Italian international even revealed that should he play for the Azzurri next season, his willing to be shifted from his current left back position into center back, although the player claimed that he hasn’t played in the center of defense in four years.
“I certainly like Napoli, as it’s a place that breathes football. Next term they’ll be in the Champions League and I hope they can do even better than this season,” explained Criscito. “If I did come to Napoli, then I would be willing to change position, as if Walter Mazzarri wanted me to, I could adapt to a centre-back role. I haven’t played there in four years, but it shouldn’t be a problem.
The amount of cash involved in the deal somewhat of a surprising for some people, considering that last January the likes of Ac Milan and Inter Milan reportedly made a much more bigger bid in getting Criscito but all were rejected by Genoa. However, it seems since this summer the two Milanese giants already get other players playing in the left back role, Preziosi seems to settle with Napoli’s offer and probably hoping that in the end, the Partenopei will indeed by the other 50% of the player’s contract.
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