Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the club will look to re-sign Fabio Quagliarella from Sampdoria this summer.
The 36-year-old striker only seems to have got better with age and is top scorer in Serie A with 26 goals going into the final weekend of the season.
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- Fabio Quagliarella has enjoyed a remarkable season with Sampdoria in Serie A.
- The 36-year-old is the competition’s top scorer with 26 goals in 36 matches.
- His form over the year has seen Quagliarella return to the Italian national team, scoring twice in the recent international break.
- And Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the club will look to sign Quagliarella this summer before he calls time on his career.
- Quagliarella was born in Naples and spent a season with Napoli in 2009/10.
His form over the campaign has brought a shock return to the Italian national team and according to De Laurentiis, Napoli are interested in making a move for Naples-born Quagliarella, who spent a season at the San Paolo between 2009 and 2010.
In his sole playing season for Napoli, Quagliarella made 37 appearances across all competitions and scored 11 goals, all of which came in Serie A.
“I think he deserves this opportunity,” De Laurentiis told reporters.
“I don’t think it’ll be an economic issue for us or him. Rather, it’ll be a romantic solution for him to end his career in Naples after what happened to him last time.”
After just one season with Napoli, Quagliarella left to join archrivals Juventus on loan before making the deal permanent a year later.
The move made Quagliarella hated among the most-ardent of Napoli fans who believed he had money on his mind. But it was later revealed that the Italian had to leave the club of his dreams due to being terrorised by a stalker for five years.
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De Laurentiis: Insigne will stay
As well as confirming interest in Quagliarella, De Laurentiis also spoke further on Napoli’s transfer plans for the summer.
The Partenopei have recently been linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano, who has also been subject to interest from Premier League club Manchester United.
But De Laurentiis admitted Napoli need to address the situation with their own squad before making any moves in attacking positions.
“We have many important players like [Adam] Ounas, [Simone] Verdi and [Amadou] Diawara,” he said.
“Others will return from the loan. We need to verify some situations and we’ll need new signings at the back and on the wings.
“It won’t be easy to buy a midfielder and our attacking force is strong.”
However, De Laurentiis did confirm the future of Lorenzo Insigne, who had been linked with a move to England.
He added: “When we met [Mino] Raiola at [Carlo] Ancelotti’s place, all the problems ended, he is going to stay”.