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Stadio Diego Armando Maradona ‘up for sale’

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The Municipality of Naples has reportedly placed the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona up for sale.

The stadium is home to SSC Napoli, which was recently crowned Serie A champion. According to Italian newspaper Il Mattino, the city is seeking an investor that can oversee any future renovation of the stadium.

In October 2019, Napoli signed a new five-year lease agreement to continue playing at the stadium, which was formerly known as Stadio San Paolo. The deal included the option of a further five-year extension, which could potentially keep the club at the stadium through to 2028.

The city is set to begin discussions with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis over a new lease agreement. Il Mattino reports that De Laurentis could make an offer to buy the stadium.

Mayor of Naples Gaetano Manfredi has said that Stadio Diego Armando Maradona requires “extensive and profound restructuring”.

The Municipality of Naples approved the renaming of the stadium in honour of Diego Maradona after the death of the Napoli and Argentina legend in November 2020. Maradona helped propel Napoli to two Serie A titles during a seven-year spell from 1984 to 1991.

Earlier this month, Napoli won Serie A for the first time since Maradona played for the club, with a 1-1 draw away at Udinese securing the title. Stadio Diego Armando Maradona hosted a special screening of the game, with giant screens installed along the perimeter of the pitch.