Why Lorenzo Insigne could be a fantastic signing for Liverpool
According to a report from the Daily Mail, a number of Napoli players have been made available for transfer after falling out with owner Aurelio De Laurentiis.
In an act of mutiny, the Napoli players refused to report to a training camp organised by the chairman following their Champions League draw with Salzburg. This has led to De Laurentiis threatening a fire sale of players. Big names like Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne, Piotr Zielinksi and Fabian Ruiz could all leave, claims the Daily Mail.
The report adds Liverpool would renew their interest in Lorenzo Insigne should he become available. Valued at around £55m, should the Reds go for the Italian?
Liverpool have not been affected by a quiet summer window, which they mainly used to strengthen their youth ranks with additions such as Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott.
Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Manchester City 3-1 on Sunday to move nine points clear of the defending champions. They headed into the international break placed on top of the table, 8 points clear of Leicester City and yet to taste defeat in the top-flight this season.
Klopp’s side, however, have a busy schedule over the coming weeks because of their involvement in the Carabao Cup, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.
Injuries and suspension are a part and parcel of the game and the Liverpool tactician must be wary of it. To realistically compete on all the fronts, the Reds would do well to beef up their squad in January.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been in top form in the early stages of the season and played a crucial role in the Reds’ unbeaten start to the league campaign. They’ll need to be kept fresh throughout the campaign if Klopp is to win the Premier League title and that would only be possible if he manages to sign a back-up forward.
In that regard, Insigne would be a good fit at Anfield. Despite Napoli having a difficult season this term, Insigne has still made a promising start to the campaign. He has three goals and four assists in the Italian top-tier, whilst scoring once and providing an assist in two Champions League starts.
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The Italy international has been playing football at the highest level for a long time now and will give the Reds another attacking dimension. Insigne will not only boost Liverpool’s squad but also act as a perfect back-up for someone like Mane.
Spending £55m on a player who is 28 may appear a lot of money but Insigne could be worth that investment for the Merseysiders.