Since Arsenal were linked with Lorenzo Insigne earlier this month, there has been plenty of public resistance coming from Napoli’s end.
Representative Antonio Ottaino admitted to flattery at the Gunners’ reported interest in the 23-year-old, though referred to the forward’s current employers as a ‘huge mountain in between’.
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis followed this up by laughing off the €20 million valuation placed on his young star, suggesting he would only consider selling for upwards of €60 million.
Whilst this price-tag may seem absurd, De Laurentiis certainly wasn’t kidding. Insigne is a Naples native and product of the Napoli youth system - a symbol of the club the movie mogul and fans alike prize above all other players.
And just in case there were any lingering doubts about the San Paolo outfit’s lack of interest in seeing off Insigne, another one of his agents has poured cold water the links with Arsenal.
Fabio Andreotti told Radio CRC: “We are not in contact with Arsenal or any other club for that matter.
“Lorenzo is wanted by several clubs all over Europe, but Napoli are not putting him on the market.”
By now it’s abundantly clear that Napoli aren’t willing to play ball for Insigne, who has previously stated his wish to one day wear the captain’s armband for his hometown club.
The versatile forward would've been a fine addition to the Gunners ranks as he has the pace and creativity to add another dimension to Arsene Wenger’s side’s attack.
But Arsenal would be wise to look elsewhere for these qualities at this point, as Napoli’s stance on Insigne’s future at the San Paolo looks as immovable as ever, and doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon.