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Newcastle Make Massive Bid For Italian international Playmaker

9:08 pm, Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

Italian outlet Il Mattino are reporting that Newcastle have offered Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne a five year deal that would almost triple his current wages to around £4.3M.

The news is that Premier league club West Ham have also offered terms to the 25 year-old attacking midfielder.

Lorenzo Insigne

Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli’s attacking midfielder

Lorenzo’s agent is Fabio Andreotti and he has been disappointed in contract negotiations with his current club Napoli, and has said this on Radio CRC:

“In our last meeting, we didn’t like some of the answers that the club gave us,” “Lorenzo made a decision with his heart, but a player’s professional life doesn’t last forever, and when other clubs are willing to reward you financially, then you’ve got to get onto the market.

“With a heavy heart, I must say that there are clubs that are considering us. Napoli don’t want to let him go, but the contract they’re offering does not satisfy us, we have better offers.”

According to La Gazetta della Sport the two sides were trying to negotiate a five year deal but the wages were low and only €2.5M (£2.2M) a year, while Andreotti wanted €3.5M (£3M).

It seems that Rafa Benitez may have been alerted to this by his various contacts having been manager at Napoli for two years from 2013, with Lorenzo Insigne having joined Napoli way back in 2006.

But there are other top clubs after the player and they include Inter-Milan, who made a £30M offer for Insigne only last summer and Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have also interested in him.

There was news in February that Spurs were aiming to sign the player for £18M this summer, but the price will have gone up since then.

So while Newcastle may be in trying to do a deal for him, it will be very difficult for Rafa Benitez to persuade his former player to join Newcastle in England’s second division for the coming season.

Andreotti has also said there has been interest coming from top clubs:

“Three of the richest clubs in Europe want Lorenzo, and Sporting Director Cristiano Giuntoli has known this for a long time,”

“Napoli turned them down and we were happy about that, but then we didn’t like some of the things they told us.”

“His heart is in Naples, but the professional understands now that his path with Napoli could come to an end, considering what his situation is like with the club.”

Insigne has played for the Italy U-20 (5 caps – 1 goal) and U-21 (15 caps 7 goals) sides and has 12 full caps with 2 goals for his country.

Insigne made his Serie A debut with the club in January of 2010, under manager Walter Mazzarri in a 2–0 win over Livorno and made his senior International debut in September 2012, in a World Cup qualifier match against Malta in Modena.

Over the last four seasons Insigne has played 160 games for Napoli with 29 goals.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Our Toon // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    This would be some signing bit can’t believe it has in truth in it. Rafa being a former manager and media putting two and two together

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Sounds like a tremendous player. Would he really come to us if AC Milan are after him? What is the actual offer I wonder? Would Sissy go the other way?

  • 3 G // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Agent talk I reckon, would love it to be true, would be an amazing signing.

  • 4 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Heard we have bid for Messi as well

  • 5 colwell // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Hahahaha brilliant like we could attract Insigne here even if we were in the prem never going to happen.

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Villa are getting destroyed by Luton in this cup tie

    Although the way Luton are playing I think we would struggle to deal with this pace and work rate and would probably get spanked as well

  • 7 Fostino // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    We have rafa now..You never know. Give him the 10 jersey

  • 8 colwell // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:22 PM


    Yes we do and Colback,Anita,Shelvey,Dummett I bet Insigne can’t wait to link up with so much talent.

    Just because 1 newspaper puts a story out there does not mean there is any truth in it especially something as far fetched as this.

  • 9 Jib // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:23 PM

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    It’s been confirmed, Aarons has signed a 5 year deal.

    Awesome news.

  • 11 Jib // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:25 PM

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Lee Ryder – Verified account ?@lee_ryder

    Rolando Aarons confirms new deal at #nufc 5 years

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Lee Ryder
    Lee Ryder – Verified account ?@lee_ryder

    Aarons said: “It’s something that was always going to happen, but it’s nice to get it done” #nufc
    1:18 pm – 10 Aug 2016

  • 14 Jib // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    EXCLUSIVE / The Benitez plan for Insigne: he wants to build the Newcastle of the future around him

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Good to see Aarons signed up. Now he needs to stay fit and prove himself on the pitch.

  • 16 NUFCPaul // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    If this player signs for us, I’ll do something in Fenwicks window. Maybe a lovely floral display. Or a delightful Christmas scene in December.

    He’ll never come to Newcastle if other teams in the top leagues want him. All part of our punishment for getting relegated. Still, I never thought Rafa would stay, so you never know in this funny old game we call football.

  • 17 Fostino // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:31 PM


    One can always hope. Don’t presume players aren’t motivated by money either. Just look at pelle

  • 18 jimmysmith // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    If Sissoko goes, and there’s a good argument he should ideally after his behaviours in the close season, then we need to draft in a player of this calibre to replace him. I imagine its going to be one or the other. A lesser player will make promotion less certain.

    If he gets the 35 million for Sissoko he then has to attract a top player with it, and if he doesn’t succeed we are drawn back towards the chasing pack. He won’t let Sissoko go easily unless he can adequately replace him, and that can’t be with a ten million pound player.

  • 19 jimmysmith // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    It’s still very possible that Benitez will get tough with Sissoko and tell him we need him and that he’s staying, and we do need him or a player of similar quality in the same position, i.e. best player in the Championship.

  • 20 Bambams // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Not a cat in ….. chance.

    Over the moon with Aarons !

    Three points needed on Saturday and I know we will get them.

    Expect to see Diame start alongside Shelvey

    Ritchie and Aarons on the wings

    Gayle up front with Sissoko just behind him…..Mmm I wonder ? Rafa risk him ?

  • 21 spaghetti bandit // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    One of the biggest reasons I was gutted to be relagated was because I wanted Rafa to go after insigne even though we had never been linked jus I love tht type of player n hoped Benitez would want to work again with him .. Howay make this happen

  • 22 AndyMac // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    According to Transfermarkt his current market value is £21.25m. So a non story ?

  • 23 Moonraker15 // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Give them Sissy plus 5 million and pay the lad big money ! Simples

  • 24 lochinvar // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Well done Aarons – that shows a great deal of maturity and confidence in Rafa’s belief in your future. I suspect that we will now see him play with greater fluency born out of a clear mindset that he can get on play without worrying about contracts and the like. Onwards and upwards .

  • 25 chicousa // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Aye mate- so glad Aaron’s has signed extension.

    With all the attention going to new signings, and getting rid of deadwood, nice to see the club show they value the lads who have been here for a while and who (generally) perform well!

  • 26 chicousa // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Bambams (blasted spell checker)

  • 27 Our Toon // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:48 PM


    I like Aaron’s in the team but I’d never start the lad ahead of the options we have at the minute. It’s important to have a holding player and Diame doing that role would be an absolute waste. Aaron’s since showing a lot of promise in his first season, he’s shown absolutely nothing since other than how to rot on the treatment table.

    For me as I said on previous thread it’s got to be:

    Hayden, Shelvey
    Ritchie, Diame, Sissoko

    Mbemba replacing Hanley at the back.

    In all honesty I’d put tiote in ahead of Hayden but Rafa won’t start Tiote

  • 28 Moonraker15 // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Andy Mac
    I don’t think he will come but not cos of the fee which we could easily afford! 25 million Euros ain’t that big of we get 40 for Sissy !

  • 29 Bambams // Aug 10, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Our Toon

    I can see your point re Diame but I haven’t seen enough of him to know exactly what type of player he is.

    I think Aarons could be a surprise this season if he stays fit and gets his confidence back.

    But Tiote for me is well past his best, I just think he is prone to ‘stupidness’ giving away daft fouls or caught in possession.

    But that’s just my opinion fella.

    Cheers for the craic


    I have been called worse !

  • 30 tomellifred360 // Aug 10, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Fantasy Football League for NUFC fans. All welcome to join.

  • 31 chicousa // Aug 10, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    The year before last Aarons was injured almost the entire season. But last year he was relatively healthy, missing only a few weeks in the fall. But McClown seemed incapable of give Rolando any playing time and when he DID play him it was out of position (Left Back? FFS!) And TBH Aarons when he did get some playing time at his normal position was inconsistent. But towards the very end of the season Rafa brought him in at the end of a few matches and he started to impress, especially that last game against the Spurs!

  • 32 Big Archie // Aug 11, 2016 at 2:40 AM

    Just another example of an agent trying to improve his players conditions by throwing names around.

  • 33 custurd // Aug 11, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    I’m not being heightist, BUT, Lorenzo Insigne is an inch shorter than Vurnon Anita! Fabio Cannavaro, one of the greatest defenders ever, was a shorty too, but he had freakish aerial ability. Unfortunately, we don’t have a Cannavaro, or any thing even close, so we need some taller bodies in the team ‘cos at the moment we win nowt in the air.

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