Contract talks between Lorenzo Insigne and Napoli have reportedly hit a wall, leaving the door open for Manchester United or Inter Milan.
The Italian winger’s deal expires at the end of the season, and the lack of agreement on terms for a renewal leaves the 30-year-old on the verge of leaving his childhood club.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, a request by Insigne’s agent to include a bonus of 7 million euros with a new contract saw negotiations halt.
Naples owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has increased his offer of 3.5 million euros per year to a five-year contract on the same terms Insigne is currently earning, 4.6 million euros per year.
But Insigne’s agent wants € 6m per year, as well as the additional € 7m bonus, which is unacceptable for De Laurentiis, who feels he made a good offer at a difficult time for the club financially.
The situation has sparked the interest of several interested clubs including Inter Milan, which considered a bid over the summer, and Manchester United.
It is believed that the Azzurri winger is open to the idea of a move to the Premier League if a deal cannot be found and his stay at his home club comes to an end.
It’s strange to consider the prospect that Insigne is playing for another team.
Besides the loan spells at Cavese, Foggia and Pescara at the start of his career, the little striker has been wearing the Napoli blue jersey since the age of 15.
His performances at Euro 2020 this summer, when he scored two goals including a sensational strike against Belgium on Italy’s road to glory, will make him a property of choice if he becomes a free agent.
United are currently well stocked with wingers and attacking midfielders, with Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in their ranks.
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