Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.
According to the Daily Express, the Magpies are hoping to take advantage of the 30-year-old’s contract situation over the winter, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2022.
The report states that: “Relegation favourites Newcastle are reportedly ‘testing the ground’ for a move for Italy star Lorenzo Insigne. The attacker’s contract with Napoli expires at the end of the season, but talks over a new deal at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium are stalling.”
Although Eddie Howe’s charges are marooned at the foot of the Premier League table at present, it’s hoped that the lure of one final big payout could tempt the diminutive star to St. James’ Park.
Enticing Insigne to Newcastle would be a dream transfer for the North-East outfit’s new owners – the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund – given his previous exploits for club and country and their current situation.
In 414 appearances for Napoli, the Italy international has found the back of the net an astonishing 114 times, adding a further 91 assists for his grateful teammates.
The 5 foot 4 attacker has established himself as one of Europe’s most feared forwards in recent years, claiming two Italian Cups and an Italian Super Cup during his club career, while also playing a pivotal part as the Azzurri enjoyed a victorious Euro 2020 campaign.
Pundit Tony Cascarino described the Napoli star as an “exceptional” player, and when assessing his underlying numbers for 2021/22, it’s clear to see why.
As per WhoScored, Insigne has averaged 3.3 shots per league game in his 14 Serie A outings this term and 2.1 key passes, placing him either first or joint-first with his teammates for both metrics.
These figures, alongside his 11 goal contributions, highlight the top-class ability that the skilful left-winger possesses and attracting him to Newcastle over the winter window would be a significant coup for Howe’s relegation-threatened side.
They have to bring him to St James’ Park – the new manager would simply adore his qualities given the mediocre nature of the current squad.