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Napoli bring in Hellas Verona hot-shot Simeone

Giovanni Simeone was outscored by only three other players in Serie A last season and has now been snapped up by Napoli on an initial loan.

NAPLES, ITALY - AUGUST 18: Giovanni Simeone of Napoli in training on August 18, 2022 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by SSC NAPOLI/SSC NAPOLI via Getty Images)

Napoli have completed the signing of striker Giovanni Simeone from Hellas Verona. Simeone, who is a son of Atlético Madrid coach Diego, has joined Napoli on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy if certain clauses are triggered. Napoli announced the signing on Thursday, with Simeone opting for the number 18 shirt.

The 27-year-old has spent the past six seasons in Serie A with Genoa, Fiorentina, Cagliari and Verona, whom he only joined permanently in June after impressing on loan. He scored 17 goals in the Italian top flight last season – a tally bettered only by Lautaro Martínez (21), Dusan Vlahovic (24) and Ciro Immobile (27) – while assisting five more.

All change at Napoli

Five-cap Argentina international Simeone’s arrival at Napoli comes on the back of the club’s record goal scorer Dries Mertens departing on a free transfer this window. Napoli have also waved goodbye to fellow regular goalscorer Lorenzo Insigne since the end of last season, as well as David Ospina, Kalidou Koulibaly and Arkadiusz Milik. Luciano Spalletti’s side are believed to be closing in on further deals for Giacomo Raspadori from Sassuolo and Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele.


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