More signings on the way for Napoli says Benitez
Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is still looking for a replacement for Edson Cavanni this summer despite having already splashed around £34 million on the former Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain.
Speaking after his sides sloppy defeat at the hands of FC Porto in the Emirates Cup on Sunday, the Partenopei boss was adamant that his side needed a fresh face or two to be added before the start of the season, particularly in his forward line.
“We are looking for a striker so we will see if we can find anyone,” said the former Inter Milan manager.
“We are working on trying to find good options. If we can find good options we will be ok, if not we have some good players.”
Playing a front line during the London pre-season competition that consisted, at times, Groan Pandev, Marek Hamsik, the side’s new Argentinian striker, the Serie A side managed to score three times in their two games, with Pandev in particular impressing many in attendance.
“Over the two games and the work we’ve done in preseason, of course, he’s a strong player,” continued Benitez.
“He’s [Pandev] done well but as other players arrive, they will all need to work.”
Last year’s Serie A runners-up ay have been hoping to get a closer look at one of their transfer targets Jackson Martinez this weekend, as the Porto player was in action for the Portuguese club against Galatasaray on Saturday but was left out of Sunday’s encounter against Benitez’ new side. The Spanish manager, however, refused to name any names when discussing his transfer targets for the latter weeks of the summer window.
Despite the optimism Benitez has about new arrivals still being a possibility, he is still sure that, after suffering a 3-1 thumping at the hands of Porto on Sunday, his Napoli side are not yet close to being fully fit and ready for the start of the Serie A season in three weeks.
“When we are in a good condition like in the first half [against Porto] we played well. When we lacked condition as in the second half we didn’t pay well.
“We are clearly not physically where we want to be.”