Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has moved to rule out a summer swoop for Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne.
The Italian had emerged as a possible target for the Reds having allegedly fallan out with Carlo Ancelotti (Calciomercato), but the German used his Thursday press conference to pour cold water on the speculation.
He said, as quoted by The Daily Mail: “We will not sign Lorenzo Insigne. He’s a very good player, and he has a long-term contract at Napoli. We will not even try it.”
Insigne has been with Napoli since the age of 15 and has chalked up 302 appearances for the first-team since making his debut in January 2010.
Whether he adds many more to that tally remains to be seen, but he will not be pitching up at Anfield next season.
Some Liverpool fans would surely have enjoyed seeing Insigne at the club, but perhaps one of his teammates could be more feasible for the Reds.
One man who could perhaps be of some interest to Liverpool is Jose Callejon, who as things currently stand will enter into the final year of his contract this summer.
That could potentially bring his value down with regards to a potential transfer.
Callejon is not as big a name as Insigne, but he has very similar statistics to the Italian this term.
The Spaniard has been involved in 17 goals in all competitions so far this season (four goals, 13 assists) with Insigne managing 20 involvements (13 goals, seven assists).
For Napoli he has managed 78 goals and 78 assists in 299 games, which is a remarkably similar output to that of Insigne (76 goals, 70 assists in 302 games).
The former Real Madrid man could potentially be a decent squad player for Liverpool as they compete on four fronts once again next term – especially with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi likely to leave the club.