Arsenal lead the race to sign Lorenzo Insigne
Arsenal are said to be in the driver’s seat to sign Lorenzo Insigne, although Napoli claim to extend his contract at Napoli.
According to the Italian daily Corriere Dello Sport, relayed by Sport Witness, Arsenal are looking for Lorenzo Insigne. The Premier League giants are one of many clubs interested in the Napoli striker, whose current contract expires at the end of the season.
Arsenal are believed to be leading the other clubs in the race to sign the forward. But it looks like the player is unlikely to leave Napoli as he gets closer to a possible contract extension. The Italian giants have offered him a new five-year contract worth € 5million per season, which the striker is likely to accept.
Insigne, who was also linked with a move to Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, also recently bought a new home near the city. Perhaps this is an indicator of his desire to continue his career at Napoli, having already appeared in more than 400 competitive appearances for the club, scoring 111 goals and registering 88 assists.
Insigne’s extended stay in Naples is expected to be a blow to Arsenal, who are actively roaming the market for offensive reinforcements in January. The Gunners have seen a quick recovery lately, but still struggle with a lack of productivity and creating luck in the final third.
The Italian international’s pedigree at the highest level of football could have been extremely useful for Arsenal this season, adding valuable experience to an otherwise young attacking unit. The Gunners have no shortage of alternatives, however, having recently been linked with a move by Real Madrid star Marco Asensio.
But the Spaniard does not bring Insigne’s experience and pedigree. The 30-year-old is indeed one of the most established strikers in Europe at the moment given his success at Napoli and his leadership which has helped the Partenopei emerges as one of the main contenders for the Serie A title in the new season.
Not to mention that the Italy international will be available for free if Napoli cannot reach a new agreement on the extension of the contract. It could have been an ideal scenario for an Arsenal facing financial strains in January after spending a fortune in the summer transfer window.