11 Apr 2017

Deal Close? Liverpool among favourites to sign 'brilliant' €50m attacker who wants LFC transfer

Liverpool are reportedly one of the favourites to sign one of Serie A's most prolific goalscorers this summer.

In March, Tutto Mercato claimed:

"After missing out on Pulisic and Dembele, Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne, who still hasn't reached a new agreement with the club".

Now, according to Naples-based Italian newspaper Il Mattino:

"Insigne is yet to reach an agreement over his contract renewal at Napoli, and Arsenal and Liverpool are in first place to sign him if a deal cannot be reached".

This follows Insigne's comments last month, when he told Rai Sport:

"A new contract? It takes two to tango. I told the president that I'm available, but it's up to him. I'm doing the best I can".

Liverpool have been linked with Insigne several times this season:

* Oct 2016: Italian football expert Ciro Venerato claimed: "Insigne's agent received a call from Jurgen Klopp".

* Oct 2016: Further reports in Italy claimed that Insigne was trying to 'force a move to Liverpool'.

* Oct 2016: Calciomercato reported that 'brilliant' Insigne is keen on a move to Anfield.

* Nov 2016: Mediaset Premium reported that Jurgen Klopp wants Insigne as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

After a rough few months earlier in the season (15 games without a goal and booed by his own fans) Insigne - nicknamed 'Il Magnifico' - is now starting regularly for Napoli, and is contributing regularly:

* This Season: 26 goals/assists in 42 games (One every 121 mins)

* Last 2 Season: 47 goals/assists in in 74 apps (One every 131 mins)

Napoli reportedly want €50m for Insigne, which is ridiculous, but extortionate transfer fee notwithstanding, it's heartening to see Liverpool targeting players in their mid-20s (as opposed to teenagers and zero-experience players).


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