Tottenham joined by Liverpool in the race for Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne
Insigne has grown into one of the most reliable forwards in Serie A over the years. The 30-year-old has racked up near 400 appearances for Napoli so far, scoring 109 goals and setting up 85 more. (h/t Transfermarkt)
Insigne, though, is entering the final year of his £82,000-a-week contract with the Serie A giants, leading to speculations over his future. The 30-year-old, who has been a standout performer for Italy at the UEFA Euro 2020, is demanding a pay packet worth €5m per year. Napoli, however, are not willing to go above €3.5m-a-year, leading to a standoff in negotiations.
This situation was said to have attracted the interest of Tottenham, with the Daily Mail claiming last week that the club had already held talks with the agent of Insigne. However, as per the aforementioned report, Liverpool, too, have now joined the race for the signing of the 30-year-old.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis seems to have opened the door for an exit for his club captain this summer. When quizzed about Insigne’s future, he said:
“Lorenzo knows that he is a product of our academy. If then he is tired and wants to go around Europe it is his choice to [make].”
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Insigne, at 30, might not be a long-term option. But given the quality that he possesses and his proven pedigree, if a chance presents itself, Tottenham should make an attempt to sign him. However, the interest from Liverpool may complicate matters considering that they will be able to offer Champions League football for next season.