Everton have hardly had a very vibrant summer but they could end the summer transfer window with a bang.
Rafa Benitez is no stranger to working alongside some of the best players in the world and he could lure one of his former pupils to Goodison Park before the month is finished.
According to claims in Italy (via Sport Witness), Everton are lining up a rather audacious move for Lorenzo Insigne.
The 30-year-old is currently at Napoli but his contract with the club expires next year. With a new deal yet to be agreed, the Serie A side could grant his departure from Naples this summer in order to recoup a fee.
Journalist Ciro Venerato told Radio Kiss: “There is another team that has swooped down on Lorenzo Insigne besides Inter: we are talking about Rafa Benitez’s Everton.
“The English club is interested in the player, but I don’t think the player can land at Everton.”
Venerato is wise to suggest that a move to Goodison Park this summer is unlikely.
First and foremost, the Euro 2020 winner is valued at £43.2m via Transfermarkt, which in a summer where Everton have struggled to spend, makes a move farfetched.
That being said, if they can agree on a deal, the winger would be a remarkable piece of business for the club – not least because Benitez already knows all about him, but because his technical qualities would instantly make him one of the most frightening players in the Everton squad.
Last season, Insigne found the net on 19 occasions while producing 11 assists for his teammates in the process. Based on that form, it was hardly a surprise when he lit up the European Championship just a few weeks ago.
Creative and ruthless in front of goal, he’d add an extra layer to an Everton side which needs to provide Dominic Calvert-Lewin with more assistance in the final third.
Benitez should also know how to get the best out of him. Insigne played 79 matches under the Spaniard for Napoli, scoring 11 times and registering 17 assists.
As well as providing plenty in attack, the winger would track back and defend from the front astutely.
Speaking during Euro 2020, Tony Cascarino commented: “The front three of Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Berardi are relentless with their pressing and any of them can score. As a side their work rate is exceptional and physically they’re very difficult to beat.”
On all of that evidence, he’d be an excellent signing for Everton, so Marcel Brands and co must ensure he’s playing his football at Goodison Park this season.