Tottenham on high alert as Napoli captain and Euro 2020 star Lorenzo Insigne admits he’s yet to sign new contract with Serie A leaders
- Napoli captain is under contract until next summer but is yet to sign new deal
- Insigne insists ‘there is time’ to open negotiations with Napoli
- 30-year-old was one of the stars of Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020 in the summer
- Spurs have long been admirers of the forward and made an offer after the Euros
Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne has admitted he is not in a rush to sign a new deal with the Serie A club, suggesting ‘there is time’ to agree a contract extension.
The 30-year-old is under contract with the Partenopei until next summer but hinted negotiations over a new deal haven’t started yet.
‘I only think about playing and about what happens on the pitch,’ Insigne told Sky Sport Italia.
Tottenham have long been admirers of Napoli forward and captain Lorenzo Insigne
‘My agent takes care of the other issues.
‘I always put the team in front, I always work hard and I always arrive with a smile. I don’t think about the contract, there’s time to discuss with the club.
‘My agent and the club will take care of it, I still have one year.’
Should Insigne fail to reach an agreement with Napoli, he would be able to sign a pre-contract with another club by January 2022.
The news will put a number of Premier League clubs on alert, chief among them Tottenham, who have long been admirers of the Italy international.
Back in July, Corriere dello Sport reported Spurs had made an ‘important’ offer after making contact with the player’s agent.
The Napoli captain was a key figure in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph over the summer
Insigne scored in the opening game against Turkey and in the quarterfinals against Belgium
Paolo Paganini, a journalist for Italy’s state-owned broadcaster RAI, confirmed Tottenham had put together arguably the most financially convincing offer for the player.
‘The most important offers have come from abroad, especially from Tottenham. After the Euros, Lorenzo has many new admirers,’ he told the Radio Goal show on Naples-based Radio Kiss Kiss.
Insigne, however, ultimately opted to remain with Napoli, the club with which he has spent the entirety of his career bar for two loan spells at Pescara and Foggia.
Insigne has scored twice and provided three assists in the first six Serie A games of the season
The forward has been instrumental in Napoli’s perfect start to the Serie A season
The diminutive forward was a key figure in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph, scoring in the opening game against Turkey and in the quarterfinal against Belgium.
He has continued his impressive form onto the domestic stage, scoring twice and providing three assists in six Serie A games so far this season, bringing his tally to 111 goals in 404 games for Napoli.
Luciano Spalletti’s men have hit the ground running in Serie A, where they are currently top of the league after picking up a maximum 18 points from their first six games.