EXCLUSIVE: Napoli in talks for Udinese stars Samardzic and Lucca

Jacque Talbot
Jacque Talbot
  • Updated: 31 May 2024 10:37 BST
  • 3 min read

Napoli have initiated initial discussions with Udinese over the potential signings of midfielder Lazar Samardzic and striker Lorenzo Lucca, FootballTransfers can reveal.

We are told that the Serie A club are looking to bolster their attack following a torrid campaign in which they finished 10th in the league despite a Scudetto win the season prior.

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Samardzic has impressed once again in Italy, with the 22-year-old racking up eight goal contributions last season.

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But indeed, Napoli are also after Lucca, who has had an impressive stint since joining Udinese on loan last summer. The 23-year-old finished as the team's top scorer last term with nine goals.

The towering forward is on loan from Pisa Sporting Club in Serie B but Udinese have an option-to-buy for €8 million, which they are set to activate this summer.

While the discussions are still in the early stages, Napoli do have a keen interest in securing both players ahead of a crucial transfer window for Gli Azzurri.

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Lazar Samardzic is one of the top emerging talents in Serie A
© IMAGO - Lazar Samardzic is one of the top emerging talents in Serie A

Who is Lazar Samardzic?

Samardzic began his youth football journey with BSV Grun-Weiss Neukolln in 2008 and continued there until 2009. He began his professional career with Hertha Berlin, playing in their youth set-up.

While playing for Hertha Berlin's U17 and U19 teams, Samardzic scored 16 and 14 goals, respectively.

He made his debut in 2020 against Union Berlin after coming on as a substitute. It was enough for the player to secure a move to RB Leipzig, signing a five-year contract the following season. After a single campaign there, the youngster moved across to Udinese, where he has continued to flourish.

Samardzic, who plays international football for Serbia, has superb ball-striking ability and is dangerous when provided with set-piece opportunities. He thrives in the final third and can create chances for his team-mates with his astute technical ability and passing range.

He is a productive player who likes to move into the half-space with the intention of playing the ball back across to the strikers.

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