The 23 year old goalkeeper is currently on loan at Empoli, where he’s been enjoying a very good season in his first taste of Serie A football. In twenty four matches this season, Sepe has conceded just 20 goals and has kept nine clean sheets. He’s been a huge part of Empoli’s ability to stay out of the relegation zone this season, and if their attack wasn’t so toothless they’d almost certainly be much higher up the table than they are.
He only signed a contract extension recently that is set to keep him with the Partenopei to last until 2019. However,the goalkeeper has acknowledged that with Napoli’s season currently faltering, he may well see his future lie elsewhere.
Talking to Tuttosport, here is what he had to say:
“I really love England, Manchester United and Newcastle United”.
“It is too early to talk about my future. We don’t know who will be [Napoli] coach at the end of this season or if the team will be in the Champions League.”
In another interview conducted with Italian publication Il Tirreno, he indicates just how his interest for Newcastle emerged.
“It’s true I renewed my contract with Napoli, but it all depends on the conditions. If I have to go there and be third choice, then they can forget it.
“This is also why I am happy to stay at Empoli if needs be. Is it a dream to play at the San Paolo? Actually my dream is the Premier League!
“I’ve had that dream since 2002, when I saw the movie Goal. I’d take English citizenship if I could…”
So, though it isn’t the most conventional of reasons for wanting a PL switch, it is certainly flattering to know a player of Sepe’s calibre is interested in Newcastle. With rumours of a possible Tim Krul departure at the end of the campaign, Newcastle may well be looking for a new goalkeeper, in addition to the incoming Karl Darlow.
Have any of our Italian readers seen Sepe play?