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Napoli interested in in-demand Italian defender

Riccardo Calafiori, who arrived from Basel this summer, has quickly established himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A with Bologna. At just 21 years old, the Roma academy graduate has earned a call-up to the Italian national team under Luciano Spalletti.

According to reports from CalcioMercato, Napoli is interested in the versatile defender, who can also play at left-back. However, any deal would be complicated, as Calafiori, who is under contract until 2027, is happy at Bologna, which is dreaming of returning to European competition for the first time in 24 years.

Calafiori is a talented young defender with a lot of potential. He is strong, athletic, and good on the ball. He is also a good passer and can start attacks from the back.

He would be a good addition to Napoli’s defense, which has been struggling this season. The club has conceded 30 goals in 20 Serie A matches, the fourth-most in the league.

It remains to be seen whether Napoli will be able to agree a deal with Bologna for Calafiori. However, he would be a good option for the club as they look to improve their defense in the second half of the season.

A difficult deal to pull off

Calafiori is happy at Bologna and is under contract for another three years. He would likely need to be persuaded to move to Napoli, and Bologna would likely demand a significant transfer fee.

Even if Napoli is able to agree a deal with Bologna, it is not clear whether Calafiori would be a regular starter. Napoli already has a number of talented defenders, including Kalidou Koulibaly, Amir Rrahmani, and Juan Jesus.

Calafiori would likely be a rotation option at Napoli, but he would still be a valuable asset for the club.

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