Napoli Sign Goalkeeping Duo From Udinese

Napoli have signed the goalkeeping duo of Orestis Karnezis and Alex Meret from fellow Italian Serie A side Udinese ahead of the new season.

The two goalkeepers take Napoli’s summer signing to six after Amin Younes, Amato Ciciretti, Simone Verdi and Fabian Ruiz were brought in by new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

According to various reports from footballitalia and SI, the duo join the UEFA Champions League (UCL) campaigners for a combined fee of €35m.

Orestis Karnezis, 32, joined Udinese from Greek giants Panathinaikos in 2013 and went on to record 24 clean sheets in 110 appearances despite being loaned out to Granada and Watford.

He spent last season on loan at the Premier League side with a record of four clean sheets in 16 outings.

Alex Meret has spent the last two seasons on loan at Serie B side SPAL 2013 making 46 appearances despite an injury-plagued second season.

He made just 14 appearances for SPAL during their only season in the Italian top flight and was powerless in preventing the lowly club from suffering relegation.

Alex Meret, 21, is expected to directly replace new AC Milan signing Pepe Reina as the club’s first choice goalkeeper, while Greek international shot stopper Orestis Karnezis will mentor the Italian U-21 goal minder.

Meret is seen by many as the future of Italian football alongside Milan goalkeeper Gianlugi Donnaruma.