Just weeks ago a move from Napoli for the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder seemed impossible – considering he only just moved to north London in the summer for £9.3m.
Napoli came within a hair’s breadth of bringing in Lyon’s Maxime Gonalons earlier this month, only for Les Gones president Jean-Michel Aulas to axe the deal at the last moment.
And the San Paolo outfit are seemingly not satisfied with the addition of just Jorginho, with protracted negotiations for Capoue stretching out over the past fortnight.
The sides reportedly are at odds over the fee for the France international, Spurs demanding £12m for a player that has made just eight Premier League appearances since joining in August – a development agent Martha Fischer referred to as “absurd”.
But Napoli aren’t ready to give up on their man just yet as the midfielder seems inclined to secure an Italian switch from his perspective as well.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Raiola has now traveled to London to make an attempt at bringing the two parties together.
With a £3m gap in valuation there’s plenty of work to be done – though whilst the Serie A giants are unwilling to meet Spurs’ quoted figure, they are willing to reach a compromise.
Raiola is no stranger to contentious, high-profile dealings – so it comes as little surprise that the sputtering talks have drawn out his direct involvement.
Representing names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba – who looks set to command a massive sum sometime in the near future - Raiola could indeed grease the skids to see Capoue in Azzurro by month’s end.
Reports earlier on Monday suggested that Napoli would soon pull out of talks if progress wasn’t made, but actions taken suggest a conclusion could actually be on the horizon – even after it looked Aurelio De Laurentiis and company were losing patience.
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