Napoli eyeing January move for Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko

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Croatia and Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko could be on his way back to Italy after reports claiming he’s agreed to a Napoli switch in January.

The 25-year-old spent three seasons in Serie A with Genoa and Sassuolo before Atletico Madrid signed him for €17 million in 2016.

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Sime Vrsaljko is no stranger to Italian football, plying his trade in Serie A with Genoa and Sassuolo from 2013 until 2016. He played a key role in Sassuolo’s first ever European qualification in 2016, where they finished 6th.

Speaking on Napoli’s official radio station, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo Torres refused to rule out the possibility of the switch, claiming that the decision is entirely up to the Croatian international.

“As of today, I haven’t yet heard from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis for Sime Vrsaljko,” said the Atletico Madrid president.

“I won’t rule out that Napoli could make an approach for the January transfer market. Obviously, what the player wants will make the difference, but at the moment Vrsaljko is concentrated on his season with Atletico Madrid.”

Contrary to Enrique Cerezo Torres’ words are the claims of Naples newspaper Il Mattino, who believe Sime Vrsaljko has agreed to a Napoli move for the upcoming winter window.

However, formal negotiations are yet to commence as Atletico Madrid wait for Diego Simeone’s approval.

Sime Vrsaljko has struggled to replace long-serving Spanish fullback Juanfran since arriving at the club, starting just 13 times in La Liga.

   

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