Empoli, the Serie B club, is reportedly eyeing a move for Nigerian midfielder Michael Folorunsho, who is currently owned by Napoli. Folorunsho, 25, joined Napoli in 2019 but has yet to make a first-team appearance for the club. Last season, he was close to featuring for Napoli but was sent on loan to Bari instead. During his loan spell, Folorunsho impressed with nine goals and four assists, helping Bari in their pursuit of promotion to Serie A.
However, as Folorunsho returns to Napoli for the upcoming season, he faces competition for a spot in the first team. New manager Rudi Garcia will have the final say on whether he gets a chance to play alongside Victor Osimhen, who had a stellar campaign last season, scoring 26 goals and leading Napoli to the Scudetto title.
Unfortunately for Folorunsho, his partnership with Osimhen might not materialize as Empoli has expressed a keen interest in signing him. The potential move to Empoli could be a stepping stone for Folorunsho to make his mark in the prestigious Serie A. While he has had a successful career in the lower divisions of Italian football, with 88 appearances in Serie B and 71 in Serie C, Folorunsho is yet to prove himself at the top-flight level.
A transfer to Empoli would give him the opportunity to showcase his talents and potentially attract attention from bigger clubs. Playing in Serie A would be a dream come true for Folorunsho, and Empoli could provide the platform he needs to realize his aspirations. It remains to be seen whether Napoli will be willing to let go of the talented midfielder or if Folorunsho will get the chance to prove himself under Rudi Garcia.