Napoli are on the verge of signing Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno this summer, having agreed a €25m deal with the German outfit for his services. With Pepe Reina set to join Milan this summer, Carlo Ancelotti needs a new number one, and the Italian prefers Leno to Sporting CP's Rui Patricio.
Carlo Ancelotti is determined to turn his newly inherited Napoli squad into the side to dethrone Max Allegri's Juventus team - who have won the last seven straight league titles in Serie A. To do that, he plans an overhaul of new faces from top to bottom, and he looks to be starting from the bottom.
According to Spanish outlet Sport (via Football Italia), Napoli have come to an agreement with Leverkusen over their first string stopper, and the Italians will pay €25m to sign the 26-year-old. The player agreed terms with the Italian outfit last week and it seems that all that is left to do is to sign some papers.
This effectively ends Napoli's pursuit of Sporting stopper Rui Patricio, who has sued to be released from his contract in Portugal after being attacked by masked men at Sporting's training ground.
The need for a new keeper arrives with Reina's contract running to an end. The Spaniard has had a tough time in Naples over the last two years, and has chosen to sign with Milan ahead of next term - where he will compete with Gianluigi Donnarumma should the youngster stay at San Siro.
As for Napoli, they'll be signing a keeper that's held in very high regard over in Germany, and while €25m may seem a lot of money for a goalkeeper, he's still got plenty of years left in his career, and is yet to peak.