Agent responds to reports Chelsea want Italian forward to replace Eden Hazard

Lorenzo Insigne's agent has ruled out Chelsea signing the Napoli forward in the summer transfer window

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Lorenzo Insigne’s agent has rubbished reports that the Napoli forward could move to Chelsea to replace Eden Hazard.

The Sun reported on Monday that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had earmarked Insigne as a natural replacement for Real Madrid target Hazard.

The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to the Champions League winners in recent months before breaking his ankle last week.

Reports in Italy on Tuesday suggested that Napoli wouldn’t consider selling Insigne to the Premier League champions despite talk of Chelsea offering £45m for the forward.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster Radio Kiss Kiss, Insigne’s agent Franco della Monica has now responded directly to talk of a move to Chelsea.

“I would start by saying the offer reported in The Sun would be low,” Della Monica said.

“He has always been in the sights of many clubs.

“The priority for Lorenzo, though, is to be wearing the Napoli shirt and be rewarded in an important way by his team.

“Now he has both and he is happy as well.”

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Chelsea won the Premier League title in Conte’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge but lost 2-1 to bitter rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Conte has a great knowledge of the Serie A stemming from his day as a player in the Italian top flight before leading Juventus to three successive Scudettos as manager.

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