Tuesday, 29 January 2008

[Mercato] Napoli buy up Brescia star

Napoli have reinforced their squad with Brescia’s Fabiano Santacroce and Argentine goalkeeper Nicolas Navarro.

The Azzurri are struggling in Serie A this month and have picked up just one point from their last three games.

Defender Santacroce becomes their third January signing of 2008. He is an Under-21 Italian international despite being born in Brazil and put pen to paper on a five-year contract.

The 21-year-old could make his debut on Saturday evening against Udinese at the Stadio San Paolo.

Santacroce is the third player to come from Brescia in this campaign, following Marek Hamsik signing last summer and Daniele Mannini earlier this week, while Roberto De Zerbi has gone to the Serie B outfit on loan.

The total cost of all three players comes to approximately £12m, as both Santacroce and the impressive midfielder Hamsik cost just under £4m.

Erminio Rullo was meant to move to Brescia this month, but rejected the transfer. "During the negotiations Napoli had agreed to sell Rullo to Brescia, but the player refused to complete the move," read an official statement.

On Thursday Napoli expect Argentine goalkeeper Navarro to fly in for a contract signature and medical.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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