​Serie A leaders Napoli are plotting a shock move for former AC Milan defender Gabriel Paletta. Paletta is currently a free agent after leaving Milan during the January transfer window, and according to Italian publication CalcioMercato, Napoli sees the experienced defender as an option to aide their defensive cover issues. 


​Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has not been impressed in his defensive options, with Lorenzo Tonelli and Vlad Chiriches failing to leave a mark. This should prompt Sarri to swoop in for Paletta on a free contract. However, if the deal should go through, then a clause in Argentine's contract dictates that ​Milan will reap some of the sums.


Paletta chose to become a free agent after failing to make a single appearance for the Rossoneri in the first half of the season and looked increasingly out of favour with current Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso. 

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His failure to make an appearance comes as a stark disparity to his playing time last season under Vincenzo Montella.


Under Montella the 31-year-old started 30 times in the league, scoring twice. Paletta won't be a consistent starter for Sarri's side, but with his wealth of experience, he can be a valuable member of the Squad. 

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