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 – 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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