Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne is tempted to make the move to Manchester United on a Bosman transfer in the summer of 2022.
According to the Italian publication La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne appears open to moving to Premier League giants Manchester United in the summer of 2022.
The Italian ace is currently in the final year of his contract at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. As things stand, his first relationship with Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis continues, and both parties have yet to agree on him penning an extension.
The 30-year-old veteran is one of the most recognizable names in Serie A. His reputation has only risen after playing a starring role in Italy’s successful Euro 2020 run earlier this summer. Napoli appears keen to keep hold of their skipper but wants him to take a pay cut while staying put. Insigne, however, is in no mood to meet the demand and is instead seeking a raise.
The Italian giants are ready to offer Insigne €4.6 million per year, which falls well short of the €7 million including bonuses he is seeking. De Laurentiis believes his offer is generous given the current financial climate and the club’s difficulties. Insigne is not short of options and could find his demands met elsewhere. The Italian veteran appears open to a new challenge abroad, and Manchester United have been mentioned as an interested party.
The English giants already have a strong squad at their disposal. Insigne’s addition, however, will give them the X-factor in the attacking third. An extremely mobile player capable of fulfilling various roles, Insigne can help connect the midfield effectively to the attack.
In recent times, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have shown a lack of imagination and have largely depended on individual moments of brilliance to see them through. Insigne will add that drive into the final third that can get the best out of both the attackers and the midfielders around him. He could very well become the orchestrator of the United attack.
More so, not only will United be landing the player on a free but can afford to pay him the money he desires. Meeting Insigne’s demand of €7 million per year will only make him the club’s 17th best-paid player. Clearly, what is an ocean for Napoli is a drop in the bucket for United.
Despite having several attacking options, United have failed to click as a unit. Whether Insigne will be the man to unlock their potential remains to be seen.
Nicknamed the Italian Messi, he made full use of the summer’s Euros to take his talent to a bigger stage. Insigne played in six of Italy’s seven games at the tournament as the Azzurri went on to lift the title against England in the final. In a year, he could very well be plying his trade across the Channel.