Napoli agree deal for Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka

Napoli have agreed to sign Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka in a deal worth €24m, according to Sky Italia.

It is claimed Napoli will pay €20m upfront for the player and a further €4m in add-ons, with the report coming a week after Goal’s Spanish site claimed the two clubs were €5m apart in their valuations.

It follows on from a similar report in Calciomercato with Napoli willing to pay up to €20m for the deal with Celta holding out for closer to €25m.

It is said that the Italian club’s former captain and fellow Slovakian international Marek Hamsik had recommended the midfielder to Napoli.

The 25-year-old has a €50m release clause in his contract with the Galician club while Napoli reportedly had a €35m bid rejected in 2018.

Lobotka joined Celta in 2017 from Danish club Nordsjaelland in a reported €4m deal and has become one of the club’s most important players since.

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli confirmed last month that they would “need another midfielder” with new coach Gennaro Gattuso’s switch to a 4-3-3 formation.

Lobotka has started 17 of struggling Celta’s 19 La Liga games this season.

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