Napoli are pondering over a mutually beneficial transfer from Chelsea once the January transfer window opens in a few weeks from now.
Chelsea had a major squad overhaul during the summer and it has paid off very well as they look like genuine contenders for the Premier League title. Frank Lampard has certainly managed to establish a squad with great chemistry despite several new arrivals, but unfortunately, he has been unable to call upon several players who are now benched.
Billy Gilmour is one of them. The Scottish international looked extremely bright last season and was tipped to be the Chelsea future going forward. However, his minutes have been few, to say the least, this time around. Gilmour may well be on the way out of the club and there is serious interest from Serie A outfit, Napoli, Calcio Mercato claims.
Napoli have already acquired the services of Tiemoue Bakayoko from the Blues on loan and are interested in making the move permanent. The former Monaco midfielder has certainly found his feet under Gennaro Gattuso, which is why the west Londoners may be open with the idea of loaning the 19-year-old to the Naples-based outfit.
In truth, Gilmour may not get the minutes he needs to develop at Chelsea at least for the remainder of this season and a loan seems to be his best option. Lampard has opted with the likes of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante in the midfield and has refrained from wholesale rotation so far in the campaign although the EFL and FA Cups are yet to be played.
Signing for the Partenopei would surely be a great move for all parties concerned. With Stanislav Lobotka likely to leave the club, Gilmour will be a short-term replacement at the very least. The club is looking like a contender for the Serie A and will surely is a favourite in the Europa League too- two competitions in which Gilmour can feature often.
Lampard’s side on its part should however be wary about the fact that they don’t sell Gilmour. He has come up with some solid performances for the club when he has had the minutes and the central midfielder may actually be one for the future in the right atmosphere.