Reported Arsenal and Tottenham target Insigne signs Napoli deal

Lorenzo Insigne, who has been heavily linked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the recent past, has signed a contract extension at Napoli.

Any hope Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur had of luring one of Italian football’s brightest young stars to England has been dashed by the news that Lorenzo Insigne has penned a contract extension at Napoli.

The 23-year-old has been the subject of scouting missions from across Europe in recent times, with top sides identifying him as a potential investment for the present and future.

However, it seems that for now Insigne will be going nowhere.

As a Naples native and product of the academy system at the Stadio San Paolo, the Italy international has agreed to a new five-year deal at his Serie A employers taking him through to 2019.

A short statement released on Napoli's official website read: "The president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Lorenzo Insigne met today in the offices of Filmauro in Rome and have signed a contract until June 30, 2019."

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez will welcome the news of fresh terms for a key creative influence and Insigne has been in scintillating form of late.

It is easy to see why admiring glances from the Premier League have been shot in Insigne's direction because the diminutive winger seems to have all the attributes required to compete at the very highest level.

Despite being just 5ft 4in tall, Insigne is blessed with jaw-dropping technical skills, breathtaking speed and match-winning ability from dead-ball situations.

It could be argued, though, that for all of his undoubted ability, he is similar to a number of players Arsenal already have on their books, such as Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez.

Tottenham, who have also been following Insigne, have spent big on the likes of Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli – suggesting that neither North London giant really needs another playmaking winger.

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