Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis discusses future of Liverpool and Tottenham-linked Euro 2020 attacker
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been quoted by CalcioMercato as saying that Lorenzo Insigne could leave this summer. Reports indicate that both Liverpool and Tottenham are keen on signing Insigne. De Laurentiis has said Insigne could go, but it will be the player’s decision.
Insigne, 30, has been excellent over the last 12 months. The Italy ace scored 19 goals during 2020-21 for Napoli, and laid on 11 assists for the Italian outfit. He has taken that form into Euro 2020, scoring two goals in four games as his country reach the semi-finals. But his future is in doubt.
The attacker is now in the final year of his contract. Corriere Dello Sport claim that Barcelona and Tottenham are in talks for Insigne, but have been joined by Liverpool – as per Area Napoli. Speaking about his star player’s future, president De Laurentiis admitted Insigne can leave if he wants to.
“It is a product of the academy, a Neapolitan who knows the territory, found him many years ago. It depends on him, if Insigne tells me that he is tired and does not want to relegate himself and touring Europe will be his decision, certainly not ours,” De Laurentiis told CalcioMercato.
Liverpool and Tottenham boost in Insigne chase, given De Laurentiis reputation
A factor in Insigne staying so long at Napoli could be the stubborn reputation associated to De Laurentiis. Serie A’s version of Daniel Levy, the Napoli supremo is renowned for being hard to work with and get a deal over the line. It might have prevented clubs going after Insigne in the past.
But if De Laurentiis is open to the exit of Insigne – he kind of has to be, given Insigne is in the final year of his deal – then that is a boost for Liverpool and Spurs. Whether De Laurentiis is fair with his asking price remains to be seen.