Napoli want to sign Pablo Fornals this summer, but they’re in competition with Arsenal for the player’s signature and the midfielder is yet to give his approval to a move.
Late last week, CalcioMercato reported that Napoli had ‘put hands on Pablo Fornals’, though they admitted Arsenal were also after the player. Then, Ciro Venerato of RAI told CalcioNapoli24 that Napoli are yet to receive the ‘yes’ of Fornals, after offering him €1.5m for five years.
Venerato added that Arsenal ‘could also be on him’ as well. According to another report from CalcioNapoli24, Fornals has a release clause worth €30m, which it appears Napoli are willing to pay. As a result, it’s just the player’s approval they need to get to push the deal through.
TeamTalk previously claimed in an exclusive that Arsenal faced competition from Manchester City and Spurs for the 23-year-old Villarreal star. They wrote that Fornals first caught Arsenal’s eye 18 months ago and the club considered a move in January, but couldn’t make one due to the financial restrictions on their winter business.
The Gunners reportedly see Fornals as their ‘ideal replacement for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey’.
An established first-team regular with Malaga before paying his own release clause of £10m to join Villarreal in 2017, Fornals has four goals and five assists this season in 39 games. He’s an attacking midfielder with a strong shot from distance, who loves a tackle and is able to hold onto the ball well. We’ll see where he ends up.