Luciano Spalletti insists there is “nothing concrete at the moment” between Napoli, Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo, but explains it “wouldn’t be a trade with Victor Osimhen” if it happened.
Osimhen has found the net in both Serie A games so far, but he is linked with a shocking €100m move to Manchester United, which Ronaldo would loan to Napoli and make the bulk of the Portuguese striker’s salary. Pay.
During a press conference, coach Spalletti said: “If you ask me if I want to work with Ronaldo, I tell you that no coach would say no to that. However, if we go into those areas that journalists like to fill in for themselves, then there are , as Osimhen’s agent said, no negotiations.
“In a conversation with (President Aurelio) De Laurentiis, he told me that he has not been offered an offer, so let’s be as realistic as possible here and only consider things that could happen.
“There are only a few days left in the transfer window, it seems unlikely that that could go through. At the moment there is nothing concrete yet.”
Nevertheless, Spalletti was more than happy to discuss the ramifications of such an exchange between Ronaldo and Nigerian international Osimhen.
“In that case it would not be an exchange, but two different signings. One of the two can run a game itself. But at the moment, at least we shouldn’t think about things that won’t help us get three points in Florence.
“Osimhen is the one who has to be the protagonist there. With a player like Osimhen being so talented, we know there is a permanent risk that a wealthy owner around the world will wake up in the morning and decide to buy him, including a club like Manchester United.”
Spalletti is from Florence and never disguised that as a child he went to the Stadio Franchi to watch Fiorentina from the stands.
“I was there with my friends, waving my flag. Fiorentina gave us problems in all three matches we played against them in Serie A and Coppa Italia last season. It is fundamental that we control the spaces they create with their attacking style.”
The Partenopei will visit Fiorentina on Sunday (today) and try to protect their 100 percent start to the season.