Napoli are set to extend the contract of defender Giovanni Di Lorenzo, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano. The right-back is reported to be close to a new one-year extension to his deal that currently expires in 2025, meaning he would stay with the club until 2026.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo Set for Napoli Extension
Napoli are ready to extend Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s contract until June 2026, agreement set to be signed in the next weeks – it’s almost done. No Man Utd negotiations as of today. 🔵 #Napoli
“There’s nothing real going on with Manchester United”, his agent just confirmed. #MUFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 12, 2021
Interest From Elsewhere
Per Romano’s tweet, there had been interest from Premier League club Manchester United in signing the 27-year-old. He would have provided stiff competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and United’s other right-back options.
However, his agent insisted that there had been nothing concrete with United and thus his stay with Napoli looks to be prolonged.
Di Lorenzo has been with Napoli since 2019 when he joined from fellow Italian side Empoli.
◉ Giovanni Di Lorenzo (15)
◉ Marco Verratti (13)
◉ Jorginho (10)
◉ Manuel Locatelli (8)
◉ Rafael Toloi (4)
Only Oleksandr Zinchenko (16) has made more in the tournament than Di Lorenzo. pic.twitter.com/nPsCxVPrlq
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 9, 2021
Di Lorenzo started the final as Italy went on to beat England on penalties following a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
His contract extension at Napoli is likely a reward for his top performances throughout Euro 2020 as well as his general importance at club level – his versatility is key for Napoli, able to play at centre-back or as a winger.