According to Corriere Dello Sport, as cited by Daily Mail, Tottenham are monitoring Lorenzo Insigne. The Napoli superstar is facing a potential contract standoff, with the player keen on a pay raise on the deal that expires at the end of next season. It has put Napoli in a precarious situation, with Tottenham and Barcelona ready to jump in, should the Serie A giants fail to renew the contract.
Lorenzo Insigne: A Napoli Legend?
Lorenzo Insigne is a product of the Napoli youth academy, who has been a part of the senior side since 2010. However, it was at Pescara where he enjoyed his breakthrough in senior football, scoring 18 goals in Serie B in 2011/12.
The winger made his Napoli impact the following season, notching up 37 Serie appearances. Since then, Insigne has gone on to become one of the most well-established attackers in the Italian top-flight, with almost 400 competitive appearances to his name.
The 30-year-old has primarily impressed with his productivity. Over the past decade, the winger has been directly involved in almost 200 competitive goals as well as winning 45 caps for Italy.
Standing at just 1.63m, the attacking dynamo has mesmerised onlookers with his quick feet. His low centre of gravity is a huge asset when it comes to wriggling through tight space while the winger is also capable of drifting in and attempting curled shots on goal.
A Massive Coup For Tottenham?
Tottenham Hotspur will be intent on adding more quality in their attacking unit after appearing way too reliant on the services of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. Lorenzo Insigne, in that regard, could be the ideal solution, as the attacker has the experience, quality and tactical astuteness to flourish under the leadership of Nuno Espirito Santo.
A left-winger by trade, Insigne’s tendency to drift into a central role is ideal for Nuno’s wingback system. The Italian international, therefore, can allow the wingbacks to make overlapping runs out wide. It has been quite evident even in the ongoing Euro, with the Napoli forward building a healthy partnership with Leonardo Spinazzola.
Not to mention, Insigne can operate as a false nine, if required. It is combined with his productivity in front of goal – making him a lethal weapon in the final third. His expiring contract also suggests that the Italian might be available for a cut-price as well, so the attacker could certainly turn out to be a massive coup for Tottenham, provided the Lilywhites can beat FC Barcelona for his signature.