Elia Caprile appears to be heading for the top of the game just a few months after sealing a permanent move away from Leeds United, with Calciomercato reporting that Napoli want the goalkeeper.
Caprile left Elland Road in the summer after spending a year out on loan. It was little surprise to see the 21-year-old leave after failing to make his debut for the Whites.
He had been a stalwart for the under-23s. And he was included on the first-team bench on a number of occasions under Marcelo Bielsa. However, he was never able to take that next step.
Napoli want Caprile months after goalkeeper’s Leeds exit
And with Illan Meslier in place, Caprile left permanently in the summer, joining Bari in Serie B.
He has been superb with his new club, keeping six clean sheets in 19 appearances in the league. Meanwhile, he has only conceded 19 goals in that time.
And with that, it appears that his time with Bari could be brief.
According to a report from Calciomercato, Napoli could make a move for Caprile. Meanwhile, Sporting have been monitoring the stopper for some time. And it appears that he could be on the move in the summer.
Leeds were in a difficult position when it came to Caprile. Clearly, he is relishing the chance to play regularly.
He did display his potential while at Leeds. However, there was never really a time when he was putting serious pressure on Meslier. So his pathway to the first-team always looked to be blocked.
It is hard to say Leeds made a mistake letting him go. Joel Robles and Kristoffer Klaesson look to be decent understudies for the Frenchman.
Of course, we all expect Meslier to move on at some stage. And that may be the time where selling someone like Caprile feels like a real error, particularly if he continues to impress.
But it does say a lot that Napoli – who top Serie A by eight points already – want Caprile.