Napoli president Aurelio Di Laurentiis appears to have killed any hope Liverpool had of signing star forward Lorenzo Insigne in the summer, speaking to Calciomercato.
The diminutive forward has enjoyed another sublime season on the Italian south coast, scoring 13 goals in all competitions under Carlo Ancelotti after establishing himself as one of Europe’s most feared attackers during Maurizio Sarri’s reign at the Stadio San Paolo.
And Liverpool know how dangerous Insigne can be. The 5ft 4ins speedster scored a late winner as Napoli beat Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Champions League group stage back in October.
La Repubblica then reported in February that Liverpool had offered to pay around £62 million in an attempt to convince Napoli to part with their number 24 – but it seems that Di Laurentiis has no plans to let Insigne move to Anfield.
"He is not on the market, I have not registered interest in selling Insigne. He is an extraordinary, attractive player, there are few like him,” said the outspoken Italian.
“When someone is good, the interest of seven, eight, nine or 10 teams is normal. Insigne does not have a price, otherwise, we would have put a release clause in his contract.”
The report adds that Manchester City are also interested but they, like Liverpool, will probably have to look elsewhere.
Interestingly, however, reports of Liverpool’s interest suggests that Jurgen Klopp is looking to provide some competition for his much-vaunted front three.