By Coral Barry
Napoli Director Pietro Lo Monaco has revealed that Tottenham are “crazy” about the Italian club’s star winger Lorenzo Insigne.
The 24-year-old has shot to prominence this season after grabbing an impressive 11 goals and ten assists in 27 Serie A games.
Insigne’s rise has caught the eye of several big clubs across Europe and the Napoli chief has admitted that Tottenham are one of those lining up to make an offer.
“Insigne is the complete package for a wide player,” said Lo Monaco speaking to TV Luna. “I spoke to Tottenham and I know for certain that [Mauricio] Pochettino is crazy about Insigne.”
Insigne has been a vital part of a Napoli side chasing their first league title since 1990 and has formed a lethal partnership with former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.
After Lo Monaco’s comment, Insigne’s agent, Fabio Andreotti has weighed in during an interview with Napoli radio station CRC.
“Every agent has an obligation to look out of the window for new offers, so we’re listening to everyone, out of respect,” said Andreotti.
“But we’d like Napoli to set up an important project and turn Insigne into the [Francesco] Totti of Napoli.”
He added: “There are three clubs among Europe’s top ten that have their eyes on Insigne.
“We spoke with them and they want to set up some meetings, but Insigne is so focused on Napoli that he doesn’t even want to know their names.
“The club’s desire and that of the player is that of finding an agreement and continuing together, but there are no absolute terms in football.”
Tottenham already have several players capable of playing on the wing with Erik Lamela, Son Heung-min and Nacer Chadli all appearing on the flanks this season.
Prizing Insigne away from Napoli will not come cheap for Tottenham, if past deals are anything to go by.
The Italian club has repeatedly fended off bids for stars Higuaín and Marek Hamsik in recent seasons and sold prized asset Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain for more than £50million in 2013.