Napoli completes transfer for ‘next Buffon’ from Udinese

Alex Meret has completed his transfer to Napoli on Thursday. The 21-year-old goalkeeper has signed a multi-year deal with the Serie runners-up in a deal reportedly worth 22 million from Udinese.

The Italian U21 international spent the last two seasons on loan at SPAL. In his first season he managed to secure promotion to the Serie A, with the last season playing for the club in Italy’s highest division. Meret is considered to be the replacement for Jose Manuel Reina, who has moved to AC Milan.

Meret is considered to be one of the most talented goalkeepers in Italy and has been tipped by many as the new Gianluigi Buffon. AS Roma had also shown interest in Meret, but the Romans would only consider a bid if first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker would be sold. Napoli also confirmed the transfer of Fabian Ruiz on Thursday.

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