One of the most naturally gifted footballers of his generation, Lorenzo Insigne would prove a potentially inspired signing regardless of the fee.
The 25-year-old has endured a frustrating start to the season in Serie A, failing to score in any of his six league starts after being usurped by Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon in Maurizio Sarri’s starting line-up.
His erratic form is in stark contrast to a superb campaign in 2015/16, in which his impressive tally of 12 goals and 10 assists, underpinned by dazzling wingplay and ability to glide past opponents at full pace, had many announcing Insigne as the heir to Napoli legend Diego Maradona (belwow).
However, relations between the player and the club have grown increasingly tense in recent months as negotiations over a new contract continue to stall.
Back in August, Insigne’s agent, Fabio Andreotti, insisted that the versatile attacker should leave last season’s Serie A runners-up due to a dispute over his salary.
Consequently, Football Italia are reporting that Napoli president Aurelio Di Laurentiis has now accepted that it would suit both parties if he was to cut ties with a player who’s boundless potential has been frequently halted by injury lay-offs and erratic form.
According to Talksport, Tottenham and Liverpool have tracked Insigne in the past and will have been put on red alert by the news that the Napoli-born winger is set to depart his boyhood club.
However, no matter how desperate Insigne is to leave Naples, the Premier League duo are unlikely to snap him up on the free with Di Laurentiis renowned for his ability to drive a hard bargain.
The outspoken owner rejected a monstrous £58 million bid from Chelsea this summer for centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Sky Sports, while forcing Juventus to stump up the highest transfer fee in Serie A history to prize Gonzalo Higuain (below) away from the Partenopei.