Inter Milan will explore signing Lorenzo Insigne on a free transfer next year, after failing to buy the reported Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton target from Napoli, per Calciomercato.
The Nerazzurri approached their Serie A rivals to discuss a deal for the Italy winger over the now-concluded summer market. But Azzurri President Aurelio De Laurentiis refused to part with his side’s 30-year-old captain for anything less than €25m (£21.5m).
Inter Chairman Giuseppe Marotta has now turned his efforts toward signing Insigne once his contract expires next June. Napoli have not offered the 47-cap forward new terms, but De Laurentiis will speak with him in the coming weeks.
However, it is currently unlikely that Insigne extends his time with Napoli into what would be a 17th year. The winger requests a €7m (£6m) signing bonus, plus a €4m-a-year (£66k-p/w) net salary and control of his image rights.
The Azzurri product feels he deserves that much to Napoli after winning two Coppa Italia’s with them, plus Euro 2020. Inter are paying close attention to Insigne’s situation and will move if the reported Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton summer target does not extend.
Everton showed late-window interest in Insigne, per Ciro Venerato, but could not afford to sign the attacker. Paolo Paganini also claimed Tottenham made Napoli an important offer for their captain. While Fabio Santini cited Liverpool as having a strong interest, as well.
Should Everton, Liverpool or Tottenham rival Inter Milan for free Insigne deal?
Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham will likely join Inter Milan in tracking Insigne’s imminent talks with Napoli over a new contract. Much will depend on the will of the right-footed, left-forward when determining his future. But he would certainly improve all four sides.
Insigne has provided one assist in two Serie A appearances this season after scoring two in six at Euro 2020. He also offered the Azzurri 19 goals and 11 assists in 48 outings across all competitions last season. Bettering his 11 goals, 17 assists in 79 games under Rafa Benitez during the Spaniard’s two seasons in charge.
The Toffees, Reds and Spurs should also be able to afford Insigne’s financial demands if he does not extend. But Marotta could be best-placed to edge Benitez, Jurgen Klopp and Nuno Espirito Santo if he prefers staying in Italy.