‘Improved bid to sign him’ Napoli have now upper hand to sign £34m Chelsea target, deal getting closer
Napoli has escalated their bid to acquire Gabri Veiga from Celta Vigo, a move that comes in the wake of strong links between Chelsea and the Spanish player.
According to information from Fabrizio Romano, the details unfold as follows:
The Evening Standard reported that Chelsea was interested in securing the services of the Spain Under-21 international, potentially as a replacement for Mason Mount.
Further details from the Guardian indicated that Mauricio Pochettino, in the aftermath of losing both the English international and Kai Havertz, personally advocated for Veiga’s acquisition at Stamford Bridge.
The Current Situation:
However, the momentum has shifted, with Napoli emerging as the front-runner to acquire the Celta Vigo No.24 in this summer transfer window.
Romano reveals that discussions between the Italian champions and Celta Vigo are progressing, especially since Napoli has increased their offer for the player.
While the specific amount of Napoli’s bid is not mentioned by the reputable Italian journalist, the Guardian’s reports suggest that Veiga has a release clause of £34.4 million in his Celta Vigo contract, indicating that Napoli’s offer likely falls within that range.
Resolving the Matter:
Celta Vigo is eager to reach a resolution before Saturday, and negotiations are actively underway to finalize a deal before this deadline.
Chelsea’s Possible Shift in Focus:
It is conceivable that Chelsea has redirected its attention away from Gabri Veiga.
Prominent sources, including the aforementioned Evening Standard and Guardian stories, initially indicated Pochettino’s strong interest in securing the central midfielder during this transfer window. However, Pochettino has since signed Lesley Ugochukwu and Moises Caicedo, and a deal for Romeo Lavia has also been arranged with Southampton.
Considering this, it’s plausible that Pochettino’s midfield options are now well-stocked, unless he intends to offload several midfielders before the transfer deadline.
This situation merits ongoing attention, particularly as Chelsea has until Saturday to potentially intervene in Napoli’s pursuit of Veiga.