Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly ready to go head-to-head over the signing of Lorenzo Insigne this summer, according to reports in Italy.
The 22 year old is considered as one of the most exciting young forwards in Serie A and has been dubbed as the ‘Italian Messi’ in the past due to his silky skills.
The report states that the Gunners and Spurs are prepared to pay around £15 million for the winger and have also proposed doubling his salary. It further states that Napoli might struggle to refuse the financial offer for Insigne from either of the north London clubs, but are prepared to soften the blow by trying to acquire Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa.
The Italian who is eyeing to get a place in Italy squad for the World Cup scored twice to help lift the Coppa Italia win a 3-1 win over Fiorentina last week, but it was a rare high note in what’s been a relatively disappointing season for the youngster.
He has been forced to play the majority of his games out on the wing, and although he’s more than capable of playing out wide, his favoured position is behind the striker and he’s struggled to adapt to Rafa Benitez’s new system. Last season, he played as a second striker just behind Edinson Cavani and was much more effective there but still this season he has managed to provide six assists from the wing side.
He is an excellent dribbler and has the ability to construct key passes in the final third and the player’s tiny stature means he possesses a low center of gravity, allowing him to wiggle past defender’s easily, maintaining supreme control over the ball. It’s hard to classify him as a centre forward or a striker, due to the fact that while he has contributed to goals from either position, but his poor finishing means he cannot be classified as an out-and-out striker.
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Napoli are in no hurry to sell the youngster, but if they manage to secure the services Shinji Kagawa it would pave the way for Arsenal to complete the signing. He is certainly a huge talent and would be an exciting addition for the Gunners, but I feel they should try and get a deal done quickly as a good showing at the World Cup will only increase the interest in his signature.
Looks very exciting but do we need him? Share your thoughts in the comments below.