According to Fabio Santini, Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli and Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne, who Atlético Madrid also want.
What’s the story?
Well, speaking on 7 Gold’s Il Processo agli Europeani, the journalist said: “To make the situation even more complicated is the thick competition for the player. I know that Lorenzo Insigne has a strong interest from Liverpool and Atlético Madrid.”
Santini’s comments – relayed by Area Napoli – also reveal that Insigne is currently at a stand-off with Napoli in regards to contract talks.
Aurelio De Laurentiis is offering the 30-year-old a contract worth €3.5 million-a-year.
However, Insigne wants €5 million-a-year to renew his deal in Naples.
That is quite a difference, so it will be interesting to see if the diminutive forward can find an agreement with De Laurentiis.
If the forward gets what he wants, he would be earning £83,000-a-week.
Santini adds that Liverpool and Atlético Madrid’s interest is making the situation more complicated for Napoli.
Santini also claims he wouldn’t be surprised to see some Italian clubs make offers for Insigne over the coming days.
Would Lorenzo Insigne suit Liverpool?
To put it simply, yes he would.
The 45-cap Italy international often plays out on the left and cuts in on his right foot, in similar fashion to Sadio Mané.
Jürgen Klopp doesn’t have many deputies for the Senegalese star, so bringing Insigne to Anfield would offer nice depth in that area.
The danger for Liverpool is that he keeps impressing on the European stage, and his value shoots up as a consequence.
However, that is unlikely to happen while he’s currently at a disagreement with Napoli over a new contract.
With his current terms set to expire in June 2022, keep an eye on this saga.
There’s every chance that Napoli could cash in this summer, in case they lose Insigne for free next year.