Napoli is scaring Real Madrid with their great performances later and the South Italian club is looking forward to the first leg of the Last 16 Round of the Champions League. The game will take place next Wednesday at Santiago Bernabéu and Napoli will play their Serie A game on Friday to have more time to be prepared for the clash.
Sarri’s side hasn’t lost any game since their trip to Torino in October. The treble at the front formed by Callejón, Mertens and Insigne are one of the reasons but they also have quality in all the lines. We already published that Real Madrid were following Ghoulam, the left back as a possible replacement for Fabio Coentrao. Now, Los Blancos are receiving good reports regarding Piotr Zielinski, the Polish midfielder.
According to Il Corriere dello Sport, most of the biggest European teams have put their eye on the midfielder. Zielinski is only 22 years old and he’s enjoying his first season at Napoli. He arrived this summer from Empoli after some season at Udinese, where he was still very young and he didn’t have many opportunities. However, at Empoli Zielinski played 35 games last season, scoring 5 goals. So he was one of the best players to reach the goal of avoiding relegation with the North Italian club.
Napoli paid Udinese, the owner of the rights, €14M this summer but now the price is even higher. This release clause is set in €65M and everybody knows that Di Laurentis, Napoli boss, doesn’t bargain with his players. Higuaín was sold for €90M, Cavani for €55M and Lavezzi for €30M.
Zielinski was born in Zabkowice, a city close to the German border, known for being the home of Dr. Frankenstein. This small town is now also well-known for being the hometown of one of the young promises in the European footbal. So far, he has played 22 games with Napoli this season and 12 in the starting eleven scoring two goals against Cagliari and Inter. Zielinshi is supposed to have some rest in the Friday game against Genoa, so we can see what he is capable of at Bernabéu on Wednesday.