Liverpool eye Insigne, handed boost as contract discussions stall

Liverpool are eyeing a summer swoop for Napoli ace Lorenzo Insigne and have been handed a major boost following the star’s stall in contract talks, Italian outlet CalcioMercato reports.

What’s the word?

Liverpool are keen to bolster their attacking options this summer and have had their heads turned by the starring performances of Lorenzo Insigne at Napoli- and they’ve now been handed a major boost in their quest to land the Italian ace.

CalcioMercato reports Insigne’s contract renewal talks with the Serie A giants have stalled as he seeks a bumper pay-rise, and other special factors, if he is to stay with the Naples outfit beyond his current deal.

Insigne’s representatives are set to meet with Napoli before the end of the month to discuss terms of a new deal but Liverpool, and the likes of AC Milan, will be on-alert in case their is any indication of a further breakdown.

What does Insigne want?

However, Liverpool face a battle as CalcioMercato report it’s Insigne’s preference to remain at Napoli. For that to happen though, he’ll need to be offered a huge pay rise at the Stadio San Paolo and he will also seek special treatment.

Usually, Napoli retain all the image rights to their players but made an exception previously with Gonzalo Higuain. If they want to keep Insigne at the club, they may have to offer the same to the Italian- but that could have a knock-on affect.

If Insigne was to own his own image rights, then the likes of Dries Mertens, Marek Hamsik and other stars within the Napoli ranks may seek the same treatment- so it could be a huge stumbling block in discussions about a new deal.