Liverpool have a reported transfer policy and it surely ends hope of signing Lorenzo Insigne. It’s already cost Gini Wijnaldum.
It seems Liverpool might be looking at Lorenzo Insigne in the transfer window. That’s according to journalist Fabio Santini.
He told 7 Gold’s ‘Il Processo agli Europeani’ that the Reds are looking at the 30-year-old as Napoli try to tie him down to a new contract.
“To make the [contract] situation even more complicated is the thick competition for the player,” he said, per Arena Napoli. “I know that Lorenzo Insigne has strong interest from Liverpool and Atlético Madrid.”
Now, on the face of it, this is a wonderful idea. Insigne is a fantastic player who is currently lighting up Euro 2020.
He also bagged 19 Serie A goals last season and added seven assists. That’s a phenomenal record. Adding him to the Reds’ attacking options would make them significantly stronger and we can get fully behind this one.
Though, we wonder how ‘fully behind’ it Liverpool can possibly be. A report from a few months ago appears to make this a non-starter.
Lorenzo Insigne in the transfer window?
The Mirror reported a few months ago that there’s a ‘strict financial policy’ at Liverpool. They don’t want to offer big contracts to players over 30.
It was particularly relevant back then as it explained why Gini Wijnaldum wouldn’t sign a new contract despite wanting to stay at the club. Liverpool just weren’t offering him the same kind of money he could earn elsewhere.
And it makes it difficult to see how Liverpool could sign Insigne. He’s just turned 30, so surely he won’t get a big offer from Anfield?
It would be quite bizarre to offer the Italian a significant wage increase but not Wijnaldum. It’s not as though Insigne would come in as the saviour of Liverpool’s attack, after all – he’d be about 5th in the pecking order.
Now, we don’t doubt that Liverpool have ‘strong interest’ but it’ll likely only come into play if Insigne is willing to accept a relatively modest wage. That’s the impression we get, anyway.
If Insigne will do that in order to chase trophies, then maybe this one could happen. But until then, it just doesn’t seem to add up in a way that makes sense for everyone involved.
Liverpool don’t want to invest heavily into ageing players and that’s fine. It just also means deals like this one are hard to do. We imagine they’ll end up looking elsewhere.