Report: Liverpool plot club-record deal for Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne if Coutinho leaves

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho reacts during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22 2017, in Hong Kong,...

Liverpool are reportedly keen on Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne.

According to The Mirror, Liverpool are lining up a move for Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne as a potential replacement for allegedly wantaway playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Whilst Liverpool have snapped up Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke this summer, they suffered frustration in their pursuits of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho reacts during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22 2017, in Hong Kong,...

Now, Liverpool face a different challenge as the transfer deadline draws ever closer, with BBC Sport reporting that midfielder Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona this month.

Liverpool have so far stood firm with Coutinho as they look to keep him at Anfield, but The Mirror now report that the Reds are looking at potential replacements regardless, and Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne is a prime target.

It's claimed that Napoli don't want to sell, but with Liverpool expecting a huge windfall over more than £100million for Coutinho, they could offer a club-record deal of £60million to land Insigne.

The 26-year-old starred for Napoli last season, smashing 18 goals and nine assists in 37 Serie A appearances last season, enjoying a stunning campaign under Maurizio Sarri as he again proved himself as one of the top stars in Italian football.

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy celebrates the opening goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Italy and Liechtenstein at Stadio Friuli on June 11, 2017 in Udine, Italy.Lorenzo Insigne of Italy

Standing at a diminutive 5ft 4in tall, Insigne is technically gifted with superb balance, and could emerge as a like-for-like replacement for Coutinho, with Liverpool looking to land another of Serie A's top attackers having signed Roma's Salah earlier this summer.

Italians Fabio Borini, Mario Balotelli and Alberto Aquilani struggled at Anfield, but a move for Insigne - who has three goals in 16 caps for Italy - could be a different story if Liverpool do tempt Napoli into a deal this summer.

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