Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s path to joining Napoli appears to be clearing, club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has said.
Ochoa played a crucial role in Mexico’s success in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
De Laurentiis admitted his club’s interest in Ochoa on Tuesday while discussing the dilemma of each Serie A club only being allowed three non-European Union players.
The rule threatens to squash deals to bring the keeper in from Standard Liege and full-back Santiago Arias from PSV Eindhoven.
But the Italian club appears to have set their sights on France-born Bordeaux full-back Youssouf Sabaly. He has reportedly been permitted to travel to Italy to seal the switch. If Sabaly does eventually sign in place of Arias, the final non-EU spot could be taken by Ochoa.
De Laurentiis explained on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli,
“We have the problem of Non-EU [players]. f we get Ochoa, we need to forget about signing Arias and pursue Sabaly, who has the advantage of being able to play on the right and left.”
Mexican outlet Record reported on Thursday that Standard Liege had received a formal offer from Napoli of between “€3-4 million.”
Napoli are on the look-out for a new goalkeeper after Pepe Reina left after the end of last season. New 21-year old signing Alex Meret also fractured his arm just days after he joined the club early this month.
The Mexican goalkeeper would be competing with Meret and Greece international Orestis Karnezis, who also signed for Napoli in early July.
The Mexican international recently claimed the Silver Glove after his brilliant performances in the FFA World Cup 2018. Ochoa won his first European trophy when Standard Liège claimed the Belgian Cup last March.
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti was reportedly impressed with the Mexican keeper, particularly after Mexico vs Germany match.