Napoli chief laughs off Arsenal move for ‘Italian Messi’

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has laughed off any chance of Arsenal signing Lorenzo Insigne, the Evening Standard reports.

Insigne, currently with the Italian national side, has recently been linked with a move to the Emirates, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger extremely interested in bringing over the ‘Italian Messi’.

The Napoli winger’s agent also claimed on Saturday that his client was extremely “honoured” in the interest being shown for his services.

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However De Laurentiis does not see any possibility that the deal will happen, as both sides will struggle to find a suitable fee for his prized asset.

“Arsenal offers 20 million for Insigne? This makes me laugh,” he told Repubblica.

“I want to make Insigne rise to a value of 60-70 million.”

Napoli have also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur flop Erik Lamela, but the Partenopei chief insists he has no interest in signing the Argentine.

De Laurentiis did, however, admit he was keen on a move for Lamela’s Tottenham team-mate, Sandro.

“Rumours about our interest in him (Lamela) are only agent’s games,” he said.

“I wanted him a year ago but they didn’t allow the deal. Roma offered us (Pablo) Osvaldo instead.

“Now, with (Rafael) Benitez, we don’t need Lamela any more.

“Sandro? He’s one of our targets, but not the only on.”


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