Despite Jurgen Klopp having repeatedly insisted star player Philippe Coutinho is not for sale, Liverpool continue to be linked with a number of players who could replace the want-away Brazilian.
The latest addition to this ever-expanding list is Napoli playmaker Lorenzo Insigne who, according to the Mirror, is being tipped to swap Serie A for the Premier League. The 26-year-old is valued at £60 million by Napoli, although the Italian club have no desire to sell one of their prized assets.
Barcelona’s pursuit of Coutinho is the transfer saga of the summer and could go down to the wire. The Catalan giants have already had two bids rebuffed by the Reds, the second of which was believed to be £90 million. However, Neymar’s world-record move to Paris St-Germain has given the Catalan giants an enormous pot of money to spend and they appear determined to get their man.
The revelation that Coutinho has handed in a transfer request has weakened Liverpool’s position and an offer of more than £100m would be difficult to reject from a financial aspect. Having cost a measly £8.5 million from Inter Milan some four-and-a-half-years ago, it would represent a massive profit.
What would Lorenzo Insigne bring to Anfield?
Insigne has become a key figure at Napoli, helping them to a third-place finish in Serie A last season. He has made 37 domestic appearances in each of the past two campaigns and chipped in with 30 goals in that time. Insigne’s his tally of 18 last season come at a ratio of nearly one every other game – an impressive statistic for a midfielder.
Insigne’s style suits the technical brand of football Klopp has adopted at Liverpool. The Italy international, who played under Antonio Conte in the 2016 European Championship, is small in stature but capable of changing matches in an instant. He would be a welcome addition to the phalanx of creative, attacking midfielders at the Reds, such as Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane.
Any deal for Insigne hinges on the future of Coutinho. If he does complete his dream move to Barcelona, Klopp would have to bring in a replacement. Insigne would fit the bill in many aspects but, with Napoli determined not to sell, it may take an irresistible offer.