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Transfer: No coach will say no – Spalletti speaks on Ronaldo-Osimhen swap for Napoli, Man Utd


Napoli manager, Luciano Spalletti, insisted that there is ‘nothing concrete at the moment’ between his club, Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo, but does explain it ‘wouldn’t be a swap with Victor Osimhen’ if it did happen.

Osimhen has been linked with a shock €100m move to Manchester United, who would loan Ronaldo to Napoli and pay most of the Portugal captain’s salary.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Napoli’s Serie A tie with Fiorentina on Sunday, Spalletti also said that no coach would say no to Ronaldo.

“If you are asking me if I would like to work with Ronaldo, I tell you no coach would say no to that. However, if we go into those areas the journalists like to fill in for themselves, then as Osimhen’s agent said, there are no negotiations.

“Speaking to (President Aurelio) De Laurentiis, he told me that he received no offer, so let’s remain as realistic as possible here and take into consideration only things that could happen.

“There are only a few days left in the transfer window, it seems unlikely that could go through. There is nothing concrete at the moment.”

“It wouldn’t be a swap [Ronaldo-Osimhen], it would be two different signings, in that case. One of the two can turn a game by himself. But in any case, at the moment, we should not consider things that won’t help us pick up three points in Florence.

“Osimhen is the one who has to be the protagonist there. With a player like Osimhen, who is so talented, we know there is the permanent risk that some rich owner around the world will wake up in the morning and decide to buy him and that includes a club like Manchester United.”

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