Liverpool unlikely to sign 26-year-old attacker to replace Philippe Coutinho, claims insider
Serie A expert Paolo Bandini plays down the chances of Liverpool signing Lorenzo Insigne to replace Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool are unlikely to secure a deal with Napoli to sign their talisman Lorenzo Insigne, according to Paolo Baldini.
The Italy international has been touted as a potential target to replace want-away Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in the summer transfer window.
According to reports in England, Liverpool are lining up a transfer bid for £60m-rated Insigne amid continued uncertainty about their number 10’s future at Anfield.
La Liga giants Barcelona are testing Liverpool’s resolve to keep the 25-year-old attacker and have already failed with at least one bid for the Reds star.
Coutinho handed in a transfer request at the Merseyside outfit last week as the Liverpool midfielder missed their 3-3 draw with Watford on Saturday afternoon.
However, Serie A expert Bandini played down the likelihood of Liverpool reaching an agreement with Napoli’s no-nonsense president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
“I have seen this rumour floating around [Insigne to Liverpool]. It would be a surprise if they let him go. He is a local lad,” Bandini told the Football Weekly podcast.
“He has had a fractious relationship with the owner at times. He signed a contract last year. De Laurentiis is not a man known for letting a player go for less than several times their market worth.
“I’d be surprised if it happened although in football, money can talk.”
Liverpool have signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson.
The Reds conceded a last-minute equaliser at Vicarage Road on Saturday after Liverpool played out a 3-3 draw with Watford.
The Merseyside outfit signed Coutinho in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.