News from talkSPORT today that Newcastle are in a three-way fight to sign Napoli’s Blerim Dzemaili this summer.
Blerim Džemaili – Napoli central midfielder
The 25 year-old central midfielder was born in Tetovo in the old Yugoslavia, and he was signed by Napoli only last summer from Parma, and the 5’11” player has 15 caps for Switzerland.
The transfer fee was reported as €9M, which is around £7.5M with today’s exchange rate, so if Newcastle are indeed to sign this player they will have to pay out some decent money.
The right footed player was at Bolton from 2007 through 2009, but didn’t do well at all and ion 2009 he moved to Italian club Torino , after being on loan there the previous season, and he stayed at the Italian club for a year before moving to Napoli.
German clubs Borussia Monchengladbach and Stuttgart are also said to be interested in the midfielder, who has helped Napoli be successful in the European Champions League.
Napoli hold a 3-1 lead over Chelsea in the first leg of the round of the last sixteen, with the second leg being played next week.
Dzemaili is contracted to Napoli until 2015 but Newcastle are reported to bid decent money for the player in the summer, and it would take around £8M for Newcastle to get this player, who turns 26 next month.
Dzemaili has appeared 28 times for Napoli this season, including six games in the Champions League, and he has two goals and two assists.
Džemaili’s family come from Bogovinje and are of Albanian heritage, and when he was just four years old, his family migrated to Zürich in Switzerland.