Insigne stalling on a new deal at Napoli
Italy and Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne is currently stalling a new deal at Naples with a view of making a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Liverpool seeming interested in the 25-year-old.
Insigne has had a wonderful season in the Serie A, having scored 14 and assisted a further 7 in 30 league games this season. His contract runs until 2019, but Napoli are eager to commit the player for the long run after his good run of form this Serie A season.
In fact, after the 25-year-old was linked with Arsenal in February, the media claimed that he’d almost reached an agreement in the Naples for a contract worth £2.62m a year, excluding bonuses and add-ons, which would take him up until 2022.
However, some reports had suggested using Arsenal’s name just as a leverage to get the player a better deal. After a wonderful season, Insigne is reportedly pushing for more cash and more incentives to stay at Naples. According to Il Mattino [via the Daily Star], if they don’t provide this, he’ll look to leave in the summer.
Insigne has been a regular starter for Napoli since the 2012-13 season, having started more than 30 games a season in all seasons except one. He has been in the goals and the assists on a regular basis, usually being described as “fast, talented, skilful, and diminutive right footed winger, with an eye for goal, who is usually deployed on the left in a 4–3–3 or in a 4–2–3–1 formation, which allows him to cut inside and curl shots on goal with his stronger foot”
And it seems as if Arsenal aren’t the only ones interested in the 25-year-old.
A whole host of other European sides are said to be keeping tabs on the Italy international’s situation, including Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter and AC Milan.