Everton or Tottenham Hotspur could lure one of Europe’s finest forwards to the Premier League next year with Lorenzo Insigne yet to begin contract talks with Serie A leaders Napoli, as reported by Calciomercato.
The reign of Jose Mourinho came crashing down after 14 months in north London. His replacement, however, is already facing serious questions over his suitability just six weeks on!
While much of the post-match autopsy will focus on a back line that collapsed like a house of cards during yesterday’s thumping 3-1 defeat at Arsenal in the north London derby, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs appear to have as many problems in the attacking third as they do in the defensive one.
Gio Lo Celso looks a shadow of his early-2020 best, Tanguy Ndombele continues to draw more howls of derision than gasps of appreciation while, at the Emirates, Dele Alli appeared to perform a one-man audition for an Invisible Man sequel.
Anyone blaming Harry Kane for Tottenham’s plight – he had just 25 touches and one shot on target at Arsenal – is missing the point.
Could Lorenzo Insigne save Nuno’s Tottenham or boost Everton?
Insigne, then, feels like the sort of signing capable of lifting a team sliding towards rock bottom, similar to the way Bruno Fernandes strolled into Manchester United two years ago and turned jeers into cheers in the blink of an eye.
Tottenham made a bid for the Euro 2020 winner in the summer (AreaNapoli).
And with Calciomercato reporting Insigne is no closer to extending a contract that expires in ten months’ time, Spurs could strike a deal to sign the Italy international on a free transfer as early as January.
It’s understood there are no meetings planned between Insigne and the Napoli bosses either, despite the precarious nature of his situation.
Perhaps, at the age of 30 and after 15 years in sky blue, Insigne feels the time is right for a new challenge.
Everton are also interested and, while the Toffees would arguably represent a step back from a Napoli side sitting top of Serie A after six wins from six, the presence of Rafa Benitez on the Goodison Park touchline could turn a dream transfer into reality, similar to the way Carlo Ancelotti lured James Rodriguez to Merseyside last year.
There’s mutual respect between player and coach, a connection that will do Everton’s hopes of securing a statement signing no harm at all.
“I never had any sort of problem with Benitez and I owe him a lot because he helped me develop the defensive side of my game,” Insigne said in 2015 after working with the veteran Spaniard at the Stadio San Paolo.
“I used to be a pure striker and his 4-2-3-1 formation that turned into a 4-4-2 really helped me improve in that area.”