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Fiorentina pushing for Zappacosta; Napoli facing difficulties in signing Emerson — reports

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Fiorentina are reportedly one of the many clubs interested in pursuing a deal for Davide Zappacosta, and according to Gianluca Di Marzio and Sky Italia they are now set to push ahead for his signing.

La Viola are manager-less after parting with Gennaro Gattuso 23 days into the latter’s managerial reign, but this hasn’t deterred the Serie A side from drawing up transfer plans for next season. After agreeing a deal for Stuttgart forward Nicolas Gonzalez the next man on the wish-list is the aforementioned Zappacosta, who is willing to move to Florence on a permanent deal.

Fiorentina are apparently preparing for the possible departure of Pol Lirola, who is drawing interest from the likes of Olympique Marseille and Atalanta. La Viola will be hoping that other clubs like Inter Milan do not make a serious pursuit for Zappacosta, with the former Italy international linked to the Nerazzurri as a potential Achraf Hakimi replacement.

Coming to another one of our fullbacks, Emerson Palmieri’s only likely destination appears to be Napoli at the moment, with Inter Milan focusing on Marcos Alonso instead. Head coach Luciano Spalletti is pushing for a reunion with the Italy international, and the “odds are rising” that Napoli will make a move, as per Gazzetta dello Sport.

Napoli are looking for a long-term replacement for Faouzi Ghoulam, with Emerson’s versatility as both a fullback and a wing back making him the Neapolitan side’s priority target. However chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis has insisted that there will be no purchases if there are no sales first and according to Corriere dello Sport, the financial impact of missing out on next season’s Champions League will make this transfer difficult to complete since Napoli need to cut down on wages as well.

Emerson reportedly earns €4m per year and with Chelsea not likely to allow him to leave on loan, the Serie A side will need to come up with an ingenious arrangement as well as a “reasonable” asking price from Chelsea to make a deal happen. In case a move for Emerson doesn’t pan out, Napoli will turn towards Gabriel Gudmundsson, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Reinildo Mandava or Kostas Tsimikas.