If recent reports from the English press are to be believed, Liverpool are out looking for a replacement for Barcelona bound Philippe Coutinho and have narrowed down their search to Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne.
Despite having already rejected two bids making a statement that the Brazilian play maker’s future lies at Merseyside, Liverpool have been quietly preparing for an event where they might have to sell the 25 year old to the Spanish giants.
They have been scouting across Europe and have settled on Arsenal target, Insigne. Insigne hasn’t been on Napoli’s loved side in recent times despite having captained the side to a third place finish on the Serie A table last season.
The 26-year-old had threatened to leave in March if Napoli did not agree to his demands of a new contract but the Italian has since then seemed to settle again.
Insigne played on the left side of the wings for the Partenopei and scored 20 goals registering 12 assists in 35 appearances. Klopp is said to be a big fan of the 26 year old and has eyes set on securing his signature if need be.
The Italy international is reportedly valued at around £60 million by Napoli, but it is said that any move for the attacker would be blocked by his current employers on account of the new season being underway.
The Partenopei can be very adamant in resisting approaches for their star players. They have in the past resisted very strong interest for Kalidou Koulibaly and Marek Hamsik. Star forwards Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani were sold at exceptionally high fees.
Despite the uncertainty revolving around the player, Liverpool feel the £100 million that they would receive for Coutinho would give them a strong chip to bargain if Napoli start playing hardball.