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Napoli interested in signing 27-goal Lazio striker Ciro Immobile, says agent

By Ollie Thomas

Serie A transfer news: Napoli interested in signing Ciro Immobile, says agent

Published: 18:14, 24 March 2020

Ciro Immobile’s agent has claimed that Napoli are interested in signing his client this summer.

Immobile has been on fire for Lazio this season, scoring a staggering 27 league goals already which have fired Le Aquile to second in the table.

Is Immobile Europe’s best forward right now? Five things to know…

  • Immobile made his name at Torino, where he won the Capocannoniere in 2014, before his career subsequently stagnated.
  • Underwhelming spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla took him off the map before a return to Italy resulted in his move to Lazio.
  • In four years there, he has scored 94 times in 131 games.
  • The 30-year-old Italian has scored more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A this season, or anyone in Europe’s top five leagues for that matter.
  • His agent claims Immobile is the best striker in Europe now, after Immobile scored 25 times within his first 21 league appearances of the Italian top-fight season.

Immobile has somewhat flown under the radar in terms of his goalscoring exploits in recent seasons.

He was surprisingly left out of the FIFA Team of the Year shortlist, despite outscoring the majority of the strikers who made the list and has scored more goals than anyone else in Europe’s top five leagues this season (yes, that includes Messi, Lewandowski and Mbappe).

The striker may be 30-years-old but appears to possess that goalscoring instinct that never fades, similar to that of the first two of the trio above and his title rival Ronaldo.

And, if his agent is right, then clearly other clubs agree too. In an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss, he said:  “There’s no doubt that [Cristiano] Giuntoli is a real admirer of Immobile, so much so that he wanted to bring him to Naples just before Ciro went to Lazio.

“Giuntoli was and remains an admirer of Immobile, but it seems difficult not to be one, given what Immobile has done in the last five years.

“Today, however, beyond what may be the interests of Napoli and other clubs, for a player as consistent over the years as Immobile, the market may take a knockback because of the Coronavirus emergency.

“He has a contract until 2023. If there’s someone who is genuinely interested in him, they’ll have to knock on Lazio’s door, in addition to that of the player.

“It’s too early to talk about interest in him now but, like there’s already been from Inter, Milan and China a year ago, it’s normal. We’ll see further down the line.”

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