Dabbur Joins Napoli
Sevilla’s top scorer in 2019/20 season, Munas Dabbur, has joined Italian side Napoli in a €30,000,000 move.
Israeli international, Munas Dabbur has finally departed the Spanish club having reportedly fallen out with new manager Paul King at the beginning of July. With King reportedly not seeing Dabbur as part of his plans, the Israeli was transfer listed and Napoli have agreed a deal costing the Italian side €30,000,000.
Dabbur began his career in his native Israel playing for Maccabi Ahi Nazareth and Israel's most successful side, Maccabi Tel Aviv. During his time in the country he played 71 league games and scored 22 goals. The young striker started to gain attention from other European clubs, with a move to Swiss side, Grasshopper Club Zürich, in 2014.
The €325,000 move, halfway through the season, was one of success from the get go, as Dabbur scored nine in his first 15 league games. This form continued, as Dabbur scored 13 (32 games) and 19 goals (35) in the following two seasons. Once again, offers came in for the Israeli, with Red Bull Salzburg spending €3,500,000 to make him a Salzburg player.
Dabbur had a tough start with the Austrian Champions, scoring just twice in his first 15 games. But a loan move back to Grasshopper Zürich, saw the Israeli find his form again, scoring 7 goals in 13 games. He bought that form back to Salzburg scoring an impressive 22 goals in 32 league games before a further 4 in 11 in his final half season with the club. During his impressive 2017/18 campaign, Dabbur also led his side to a Europa League semi-final, with 7 goals in 19 games. It was the clubs furthest progression in European competition, and once again the striker saw attention, this time from some of Europe's biggest clubs.
With supposed interest coming from English side Liverpool, Dabbur decided to join Sevilla, a club who just three seasons before had won their third consecutive Europa League. Dabbur was given a large number of minutes in his debut season at the club, starting in 24 league matches. Scoring ten goals in his 30 league appearances, Dabbur reportedly asked for an improved contract from new Sevilla manager Paul King.
With the request being denied, tensions between the pair is said to have risen and the relationship was broken before it could get started. This saw King place the striker on the transfer list with the player receiving interest from Lazio, Valencia and Napoli. It was Napoli who won the race for the 28 year olds signature, agreeing a reported €30,000,000 a profit of €15,000,000 from what Sevilla paid a year before.
The move sees Sevilla now short in options in the attacking role with just Wissam Ben Yedder and Munir, able to play as the striker. With Luis Muriel, Carlos Fernández and now Munas Dabbur being moved on since Kings arrival, it will be interesting to see if the American brings in another striker.
The club have also confirmed an arrival with Bolivian winger, Carlos Delgadillo signing for a fee of €400,000. The 18 year old has limited experience in the game having made his Guabirá debut, in Bolivia's top tier, last season. In his 20 league games, the winger scored five goals and assisted once, impressing scouts across the globe. Delgadillo is expected to be placed into the Sevilla Atlético side this season, with the chance to impress in Segunda Division B.
Sevilla have two friendlies remaining before they open their LaLiga season on August 23rd, facing Almería and Xerez before travelling to Osasuna in Kings competitive debut at Sevilla.
Justice: Both of them will really improve this side. Grujic adds something very different to us, as the majority of our midfielders, just like the rest of Spain, have shorter technical midfielders. I am very happy to add both of them for such a small fee.
Chris:Those two look to be the partnership for the future once Kajer is gone. All four will be very good additions to us and have tons of potential! I am happy with all of them who are joining!