Bruno Di Napoli, the agent of Bari and Morocco forward Walid Cheddira, confirmed the interest of Napoli and Lazio.
The 24-year-old Moroccan forward has been on fire for Bari this season, scoring 14 goals and providing five assists in 15 matches across all competitions, and his work saw him earn a call-up to the World Cup in Qatar. Cheddira has appeared in both of Morocco’s knock-out games against Spain and Portugal, putting him on the world stage.
Speaking to 1 Station Radio (via LazioNews24), Di Napoli first discussed the development of his client Cheddira.
The boy is the property of Bari. His story starts from afar, from Sangiustese, thanks must be given to that club. But credit must also be given to the director of Bari for believing in Cheddira’s qualities.
He is being watched by many clubs because of his characteristics as a modern striker. We will evaluate with the club and President De Laurentiis his next step, one step at a time you reach certain goals.
Di Napoli then confirmed that both Napoli and Lazio were interested in picking up the 24-year-old Moroccan forward.
As of today, he is a Bari player. I hope he can make it to the finals with Morocco. They associate the boy with Napoli because of the same ownership of the two clubs, but we will evaluate together with Bari the appropriate path for Walid.
We are experiencing a beautiful situation, but it is constantly evolving. As of today, Napoli are a top club, they are fighting for the Scudetto, we will evaluate the appropriate path.
Lazio are also looking for a backup to Immobile and it is natural to approach Cheddira. The main thing for us is to stay focused on the World Cup and Bari, we must not make any flights of fancy.
The Biancocelesti sold backup striker Vedat Muriqi to RCD Mallorca in the summer and failed to pick up a replacement.
The recent hamstring injury suffered by Ciro Immobile highlighted the club’s need to find an alternative striker, with Felipe Anderson and Matteo Cancellieri both struggling to look convincing in the centre of the attack.