A recent sensationalist rumour claims that Tottenham have submitted an offer to lure Italy’s Lorenzo Insigne away from Napoli.
The source of the rumour came from Italian journalist Paolo Paganini, who spewed the hyperbole live on air at Radio Kiss Kiss (sounds like a euphemism for something slightly more crude).
Unsurprisingly, no further details were forthcoming. It’s unclear on whether there is any veracity to the rumour, and if so, how much Tottenham’s opening bid was for the Euro 2020 winning midfielder.
It is expected to cost the side who eventually lands Insigne over £40 million. Though he’s worth every penny.
Insigne has another year left on his contract at Napoli and is a desired commodity of Serie A rivals Lazio. Barcelona is also thought to be interested in landing Insigne’s services, though their woeful financial position will probably prevent the Catalan side from seriously pursuing the 30-year-old.
Insigne was an integral part of Italy’s Euro 2020 winning side. His ability to maintain possession in tight quarters while supplying countless incisive passes showcased his abundant talent on the world’s biggest stage. He has been performing at the highest level with Napoli for the better part of a decade. The captain of Napoli has been with the club since he was 15 years old and has been a pivotal part of the club’s success.
Even with Fabio Paratici’s influence in Italy, it is incredibly unlikely that Insigne will choose Spurs as his next destination. Wholly accustomed to football in Italy, Insigne, if he leaves Napoli, is expected to sign with another Serie A side.
His links to Tottenham are fresh off the press and haven’t been verified by a reputable news outlet. While it’s nice to dream, Tottenham supporters won’t get overly excited about this conjecture, especially considering how many other elite players have already rejected Tottenham’s advances so far this summer.