Empoli midfielder Riccardo Saponara has all but confirmed that he would love to join Napoli at the earliest opportunity.
The new Azzurri coach Maurizio Sarri attempted to take the midfielder with him to Stadio San Paolo this summer, but the two clubs ultimately failed to agree on a transfer fee.
Saponara, nevertheless, hopes he will eventually join Napoli and continue his career at the club challenging for major honours.
“Napoli has been the only possible operation of my summer,” Saponara told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Empoli refused and I did not have to decide, because it would be difficult to refuse. Empoli’s fine, but Napoli is a great place.”
Ricardo Saponara came through the youth ranks at Empoli and went on to make 89 league appearances, scoring 14 goals, before moving to AC Milan in the summer of 2013.
The attacking midfielder was never given a real chance to impress at San Siro and he eventually returned to Stadio Carlo Castellani.
And having continued with excellent performances for Empoli, bagging 10 goals in 21 Serie A outings, it is hardly surprising Saponara is back on the radar of Italy’s top sides.