Liverpool & Chelsea among suitors as Napoli prepare for Insigne sale – CDS

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As per a report from Italian outlet the Corriere Dello Sport, Napoli have opened to the idea of parting ways with Lorenzo Insigne this summer.

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27-year-old winger/second-striker Insigne has spent his entire career to date on the books of Napoli.

After coming up through the youth setup of the Partenopei, Insigne broke into the club’s first-team ranks on a consistent basis for the first time during the 2012/13 campaign, following a pair of prolific loan spells with Foggia and Pescara.

And the years since have seen the diminutive attacker, who was previously written off by many due to his stature, go on to establish himself as one of Napoli’s key performers.

Insigne’s deft touch, wand of a right foot and eye for goal make him a handful to deal with for opposing defenders, with the Italian international’s penchant for cutting inside from the left wing and seeking out the far top-corner having become one of the most recognizable sights in Serie A over the last couple of seasons.

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NAPLES, ITALY – AUGUST 10: Player of SSC Napoli Lorenzo Insigne vies with Espanyol players during the pre-season friendly match between SSC Napoli and Espanyol at Stadio San Paolo on August 10, 2017 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

The 2016/17 campaign proved Insigne’s most productive to date, with the Naples-native having racked up 18 goals and 9 assists in the league alone.

The current season, meanwhile, has seen the technically-gifted attacker directly contribute to 19 goals across all competitions.

Insigne on the move?

However, on the back of a dip in form, recent weeks have seen Napoli’s fans begin to turn on their captain.

The Partenopei’s 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal last week saw the San Paolo crowd widely take aim at Insigne, with the Italian having subsequently been left on the bench for the entirety of his side’s loss to Atalanta at the weekend.

As such, rumours have begun to circulate that Napoli are prepared to cash-in on their crown jewel this summer.

As per the aforementioned report from the Corriere Dello Sport, the board of the Neapolitan outfit have come to the decision that Insigne should no longer be considered untouchable, with summer bids of 70 million Euro+ likely to prove fruitful for any interested parties.

Among the clubs said to be keen on Insigne’s signature are Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and PSG.

Any Chelsea swoop would obviously prove difficult due to the club’s looming transfer ban, though a summer bid on the part of Liverpool is entirely possible, with the Reds long-named as admirers of the attacker’s talents.

Bayern, meanwhile, reportedly view Insigne as a potential replacement for aging wide-men Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

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