Kalidou Koulibaly is praying Lorenzo Insigne stays at Napoli amid claims the Euro 2020 winner could be reunited with Rafael Benitez at Everton or join Fabio Paratici at Spurs, speaking to DAZN, via CalcioNews24.
The Serie A season only got under way at the weekend so it’s difficult to separate the pedigree stallions from the dark horses.
But, with an experienced manager in the shape of Luciano Spalletti and a smattering of top class talent across the pitch – £63 million record signing Victor Osimhen should come good despite a red card in yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Venezia – don’t bet against Napoli forcing their way into title contention.
Much will depend, however, on the future of their “captain, leader, legend” Lorenzo Insigne.
The Italy international has just one year left on his contract and, after spending his entire career at the Stadio San Paolo, is running out of time if he wants to sample the exotic tastes on offer elsewhere in Europe.
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According to Radio Gol, Benitez would welcome the idea of working with Insigne again at Goodison Park, while Tottenham Hotspur are also reported to have submitted an offer for a pocket-rocket forward once described as “outstanding” by Jurgen Klopp (Area Napoli).
But Koulibaly, who has been the subject of transfer speculation himself in recent weeks, is praying Insigne follows in his footsteps and commits his future to a side desperate to build on last year’s sixth-place finish.
“We want him to stay here,” said Koulibaly, arguably the greatest centre-half in Italian football at the moment.
“I know that having only one year left on a contract is a difficult situation but (Insigne) is focused on Napoli. He needs the passion of the public and tonight we saw it (against Venezia).”
Insigne’s stock has seldom been higher.
A couple of dazzling performances at Euro 2020 opened up the explosive little winger to a wider audience and, should Everton win the race, there’s an argument to suggest he would be a more eye-catching addition than James Rodriguez was during the reign of Carlo Ancelotti.
Because, while Rodriguez had hit something akin to rock bottom, Insigne is at the peak of his powers.
No wonder Koulibaly wants him to stay.