NEWS
Tuesday November 12 2019
Report: Qataris make Napoli offer

The Qatari ruling family have reportedly offered €560m to buy Napoli as Aurelio De Laurentiis is said to have “lost interest” in the club.

According to The Daily Mail, De Laurentiis is likelier to sell Napoli than Bari, whom he only took over in the summer of 2018.

The Al-Thanis are the ruling family of Qatar and also own French giants Paris Saint-Germain through Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI).

However, the newspaper does not make it clear which member of the clan wants to buy the Partenopei.

In the meantime, the situation at the San Paolo remains tense, amidst reports players are worried about their safety.

It has also spilled on to the pitch, where Napoli have failed to win for five games.

“The feeling is that Aurelio has lost the desire to invest in Napoli,” Angelo Pisani, once employed as Diego Maradona’s lawyer, told The Daily Mail.

“De Laurentiis decides whether to have Napoli or Bari. Maradona has chosen to be the symbol of Napoli, De Laurentiis could have become one.

“'Napoli fans want to be pampered and loved, so he has two children [clubs] and not an only child. Napoli and Bari cannot stay in the same series. The President must choose and do it quickly. 

“The players in my opinion perceived a distraction from the top. De Laurentiis is a great entrepreneur but now he has to demonstrate his qualities again.

“Bari or Napoli? He must choose.”

The film producer purchased Napoli in 2004, rescuing them from oblivion as they went from Serie C to Serie A runners-up under his control.

Despite that, he has been criticised for not investing more in the club’s playing staff, while his authority was undermined by the Napoli squad refusing to go on a training retreat that he had organised.

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