Newcastle should make Lorenzo Insigne their dream target one year after sensational links

Football Soccer - Inter Milan v Napoli - Italian Serie A

Newcastle United should make an ambitious move for Lorenzo Insigne this summer a year after scarcely-believable reports.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has a significant budget to work with this summer

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez goes into this summer with a budget of at least £70 million (via Chronicle) looking to build a side that is capable of going from Championship winners to Premier League stalwarts.

The budget should enable the Magpies to show plenty of ambition in the window, and one player who should arguably be on their radar - no matter how unlikely a deal is - is a forward who was, somewhat bizarrely, linked with a move to St James' Park last summer as the club prepared for their campaign in the second tier.

Italian outlet Il Mattino suggested that Newcastle were interested in signing Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne with Benitez knowing the player from his spell in charge of the Serie A side.

That deal always seemed incredibly unlikely with Insigne's Napoli side gearing up for a Champions League campaign while Newcastle were continuing to get themselves back on track following relegation.

Football Soccer - Inter Milan v Napoli - Italian Serie ALorenzo Insigne was surprisingly linked with a move to Newcastle last summer

With Insigne enjoying another sensational year in Naples and with Napoli already guaranteed of a top three spot in Italy and, at worst, a place in the qualifying rounds of Europe's premier competition, Newcastle perhaps have as much chance of landing him this summer as they did a year ago. 

But surely, they must try to bag his signature.

Insigne has been brilliant this year - scoring 17 times and contributing eight assists in the top flight - so it seems extremely unlikely that Napoli will be willing to sell him, and with the club doing so well, it seems extremely difficult to imagine that many sides would be able to tempt him away.

Football Soccer - Inter Milan v Napoli - Italian Serie AInsigne has scored 16 times in the league this year

But with Benitez set to have a considerable budget to work with, he can sanction the kind of bid that would certainly leave Napoli with plenty to ponder, and with the Spaniard previously working with the Italy international, it may not be out of the question to suggest that he may be somewhat tempted, especially given Newcastle's stature and potential.

Of course, a deal is incredibly unlikely if Insigne is happy - and there is no reason to suggest that he is not - but Newcastle have the funds to show some real intent in this window, and making a staggering bid for Insigne would arguably be the perfect way to send a statement out regarding their top flight ambitions.

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