Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne is reportedly reluctant to sign a new deal at the club, and we believe that Liverpool should make a move to sign him this summer.
Calciomercato claim that Insigne’s contract will expire on June 30 2022. The two parties have seemingly struggled to come to an agreement on an extension.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to lower the 30-year-old’s wages from the €4.5m (£3.9m) per year that he earns at present.
While Insigne would like to stay, he doesn’t want to have to lower his wage demands.
The pair will speak after Italy’s Euro 2020 campaign has concluded, but they might not reach an agreement.
If they don’t, we think that Napoli could decide to sell their captain, rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season.
If this is the case, then Liverpool should consider making a move to sign him.
Insigne a good stop-gap for Liverpool
Insigne would not be the type of signing that Liverpool usually go for.
He has just turned 30-years-old, meaning that he is approaching the end of his prime. The Reds have tended to go for much younger players ever since Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp took charge of transfers.
This has been a sensible decision, and under normal circumstances, we would not recommend going for someone this old.
But with Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri set to leave the club this summer, Liverpool need to sign at least two attackers. There is more competition needed for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.
Ideally, they would go for a world-class young superstar, like Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland. But there is no chance that they will be able to afford them this season.
However, in 2022, both of those players will be available for knock-down prices. Mbappe is out of contract, while Haaland’s €65m release clause will kick in, per Fabrizio Romano.
So Liverpool should sign someone to keep the attack going for the 2021/22 season, before going for the likes of Mbappe or Haaland at the end of the campaign.
Insigne had possibly his best-ever season in 2020/21. He scored 19 goals and got eight assists in Serie A.
He can play anywhere across the front three, while he is also fantastic at pressing from the front.
Considering his age and the fact that he only has a year left on his deal, he is not going to be expensive. His wages of around £75,000 per week are not unaffordable either.
This makes Insigne the ideal man to come in for the season and compete for a place in the starting XI.
Then, Liverpool can sell him when they want to go for the superstar. Maybe they would like to keep him around as an experienced deputy.
It seems like a win-win deal that the club should really look into.