Napoli keeping an eye on Arsenal loanee William Saliba

Napoli are evaluating defenders of different profiles ahead of the summer transfer window, with the Italian club looking to strengthen their defensive department.

According to a report from Corriere dello Sport, Napoli have started gathering interest in William Saliba. Considered one of the most skilled defenders in his age group, Saliba signed for Arsenal for a reported transfer fee of £27million in 2019.

But having failed to win Mikel Arteta’s faith, the defender moved back to France, joining Nice on loan for the second half of the 2020/21 season.

He returned to Arsenal last summer only to secure another loan move to Ligue 1, with Marseille being the recipient of his temporary services this time. The 21-year-old has made 50 appearances for the Ligue 1 outlet this season.

Napoli have reportedly prepared a long list of defensive targets, including Saliba and Genoa’s Leo Østigård. As reported previously, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is hopeful of receiving a significant bid from Barcelona and Chelsea for Kalidou Koulibaly.

Should the offer for the Senegalese be impressive, De Laurentiis could be tempted to sell the defender. In that case, Napoli could make a move for someone like Saliba or Østigård.

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