Liverpool in tug-of-war over Serie A goal machine, £32.8m bid prepared - report
By Danny Wright
Liverpool are tracking Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne ahead of a possible summer move, according to a report.
However, according to TransferMarketWeb, Premier League rivals Arsenal are stepping up their interest in the 25-year-old and are planning a £32.8million bid to prise him away from the Gli Azzurri.
Roma, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid are also interested in the Serie A goal machine, who has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season.
Insigne is also a key provider of goals to his Napoli teammates with 10 assists this season in 39 appearances in the league, Champions League and Coppa Italia.
Napoli are looking to enter talks with Insigne over a new contract as his current deal ends in June 2019.
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The Italian international, who has two goals in 13 appearances for his country, has scored four goals in his last two outings for Napoli in victories over Crotone and Empoli.
The left winger is regularly involved with goals for the third-placed Serie A team and in his last eight games in all competitions he has either scored or set up his teammates on nine occasions.
Liverpool have been linked with a host of attacking players this season as Jurgen Klopp looks to take his side to the next level.
The ex-Dortmund manager already has Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.
Football Insider Verdict
Signing Insigne would certainly be a big statement by Liverpool, especially if they can beat Arsenal to capturing his signature. He’s an exciting, lightning-quick winger who has shown this season that he can provide goals on a regular basis, whether he’s scoring them or setting them up. The Reds already have a lot of goalscoring talent in their side but Insigne seems like he might be a cut above some of them. Coutinho has been off the boil since suffering an injury in January while Sturridge and Origi cannot seem to get any regular game time. The signing of Insigne could push the duo towards the exit.
In other Liverpool news, a senior England man has delivered a positive verdict on this reported target.