Napoli’s 10 biggest sales of all time

James Shearman Updated: 16 Jul 2022 09:30 BST 5 min read
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Napoli, founded in 1926, are one of Italy's most historic clubs, with a trophy cabinet consisting of two Serie A titles, six Coppa Italia titles, two SuperCoppa Italiana titles, and one UEFA Cup.

The club plays their home matches at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, a tribute to their greatest ever player.

However, the Argentine legend is not among the club's 10 most expensive sales list, of which Kalidou Koulibaly is the latest to join.

The 31-year-old agreed to join Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea in a €40 million deal.

FootballTransfers details Napoli's 10 most expensive departures.

10. Marek Hamsik - €20m (DL Yifang, 2018)

Upon signing Marek Hamsik in 2007, Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis described him as one to watch for the future.

And, as it played out, Hamsik went on to become the club's record all-time appearance holder, surpassing Giuseppe Bruscolotti's 511.

Compared to Ballon d'Or winner Pavel Nedved, Hamsik thrilled Napoli fans for over a decade before moving on to China.

9. Amadou Diawara - €21m (Roma, 2019)

Amadou Diawara's rise up the Italian football pyramid began at Serie C side San Marino, before joining Bologna in 2015.

He continued his progression by signing for Napoli a season later, scoring his first goal in a Champions League tie against Manchester City.

In 2019, he was sold to Roma where he has spent the past three seasons, although it looks as though he will be looking for a fifth club this summer.

8. Roberto Inglese - €21.8m (Parma, 2020)

Roberto Inglese's situation is perhaps the strangest on this list, as he never actually played for Napoli.

The 30-year-old striker was signed from Chievo and was immediately loaned back to his old club, where he scored 12 times in 34 Serie A appearances.

Inglese spent the next two seasons on loan at Parma, eventually sold as a result of an obligation to buy.

7. Simone Verdi - €22m (Torino, 2020)

Simone Verdi signed a five-year contract at Napoli, in 2018, having signed from Bologna for €25m.

In his first and only season, the Italian forward scored three times in 22 appearances.

The following season was spent on loan at Torino, at a cost of €3m, before making the deal permanent for a further €20m

6. Allan - €23.6m (Everton, 2020)

Napoli saw off interest from a number of clubs for Udinese midfielder Allan, who made an impressive start by setting up Gonzalo Higuain in a 2-0 debut win.

The Brazilian even made an impression in the Champions League at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in his five seasons.

Carlo Ancelotti's ambitious Everton plan convinced him to leave the club, though - a move he may well regret.

5. Ezequiel Lavezzi - €30m (PSG, 2012)

Ezequiel Lavezzi's five years at Napoli were successful, both individually and collectively.

Naploi won the Coppa Italia in the 2011-12 season, his last, while they also competed in the Champions League, losing to eventual winners Chelsea at the quarter final in his final campaign.

Lavezzi was a consistently good player, scoring between six and nine goals in every one of his Serie A seasons from a wide position.

He was sold to the growing European force that is Paris Saint-Germain.

4. Kalidou Koulibaly - €40m (Chelsea, 2022)

Kalidou Koulibaly has been rated as one of Europe's leading centre-backs for a number of years.

Indeed, he has been linked with several Champions League clubs in that time, but it seems he has finally gotten his big move at 31 years of age.

Chelsea are set to partner him with Thiago Silva, as the replacement for Antonio Rudiger - who left for Real Madrid last month.

3. Jorginho - €57m (Chelsea, 2018)

Another of Chelsea's biggest signings in recent seasons, Jorginho swapped Naples for London alongside Maurizio Sarri.

Jorginho was pivotal to Sarri's side in Italy, in a deep-lying playmaker role, so the coach decided to bring the player to Stamford Bridge with him.

It is safe to say Chelsea fans have not taken to Jorginho in the same manner as Napoli fans though, who were highly disappointed to see him leave.

2. Edinson Cavani - €64.5m (PSG, 2013)

Edinson Cavani made the same move as Lavezzi, albeit a season later.

That meant that Napoli lost their two best players, outside of the aforementioned Marek Hamsik, to PSG in the space of a year.

Cavani's goal record at Napoli was superb, scoring 52 times in 69 Serie A appearances, and continued in a similar vein in Paris - proving to be excellent value, even at that price.

1. Gonzalo Higuain - €90m (Juventus, 2016)

Gonzalo Higuain's Real Madrid goal record (107 in 190 La Liga games) is better than most people realise, and so it shouldn't have come as a shock to see what the Argentine achieved in Serie A - but it did.

71 goals in 104 Serie A appearances is remarkable, a similar rate to Cavani's - but over an extra season.

However, Higuain was not sold to a foreign club, instead to domestic rivals Juventus in an astonishing €90m deal - one which allowed the 34-year-old to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo again.

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