Serie A champions Napoli have officially announced the departure of their highly regarded sporting director, Cristiano Giuntoli. Giuntoli joined the club in 2015 from Carpi and leaves a significant void after an impressive eight-year tenure.
Giuntoli’s remarkable journey began at Carpi, where he played a pivotal role in securing the club’s four promotions within five seasons, propelling them from Serie D to Serie A. He is known for his exceptional scouting abilities and has an uncanny talent for identifying and nurturing little-known players into bona fide stars.
At Napoli, Giuntoli’s magic touch only grew stronger. As the sporting director, he helped cement the Neapolitan team’s place among Serie A’s elite, consistently performing at the highest level. Under his astute leadership, Napoli triumphed in the 2019-2020 Coppa Italia and, most notably, clinched their third Scudetto in the recently concluded 2022-2023 season, ending a thirty-three-year title drought.
One of Giuntoli’s notable accomplishments was securing the signing of Victor Osimhen, the Super Eagles striker. Despite attracting interest from various English clubs after a phenomenal season at Lille, Osimhen was swayed by Giuntoli’s persuasive abilities and switched to Napoli. The transfer fee, a record for both Napoli and African football, has proven to be a wise investment, as Osimhen’s market value has skyrocketed to a historic €120 million, setting a new Serie A record.
However, Napoli’s recent success has been marred by managerial changes. Following the departure of Luciano Spalletti, Giuntoli’s exit further adds to the club’s uncertainty. Rumours have already linked Giuntoli to a potential role at Juventus, intensifying the intrigue surrounding his future. Additionally, the departure of Giuntoli raises doubts about Osimhen’s future at Napoli, with reports suggesting that the striker could be courted by clubs from Spain, Germany, and England, including Chelsea and Manchester United.
As Napoli bids farewell to Giuntoli, his departure undoubtedly marks the end of an era for the club. The search for a new sporting director begins as the team looks to maintain their trajectory amidst the swirling winds of change.