Chelsea among trio chasing Insigne amid contract ‘silence’

Date published: Friday 25th June 2021 11:20 - Will Ford

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Chelsea are among a number of clubs said to be interested in signing Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne this summer.

The Napoli star is set to become a free agent at the end of next season and may be available in a cut-price deal this summer.

That’s according to Italian outlet Il Mattino (via the Mirror) who claim Arsenal and Spurs have joined Chelsea in keeping tabs on the 30-year-old.

The report states that there is ‘silence’ from Napoli over a new deal.


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Insigne was in fine form for the Italian club last term, notching 19 goals and seven assists in Serie A.

And he’s been a key part of Roberto Mancini’s Italian side at Euro 2020, scoring once and helping secure nine points from nine to top Group A.

Italy face Austria in the last 16 and Insigne insists they will be well prepared for the challenge.

“We watched some of Austria’s games, they run and they are very aggressive as they always want to recover the ball quickly. We must study them, but most importantly, we must focus on ourselves,” Insigne said.

“We want to play a great game and win, the most important thing is to win the game, even if I don’t score.

“We are aware that an episode can change the game. We are serene and the younger ones have proved to be ready. Players like Berardi, Locatelli and Barella have never played in these competitions, but they were decisive against Turkey and they helped us to achieve our goal.”

Insigne is playing the European Championships for the second time in his career. The first time he played this competition was four years ago when Antonio Conte was in charge of the Azzurri.

“I was younger during the other competitions, but in the past, Italy played with a different system, so I had to adapt,” the 30-year-old said.

“I’ve always thanked Conte and Prandelli for bringing me to the World Cup and the Euros, but now I have more chances with Mancini. This system is suitable for my characteristics and those of all the other players.

“I have a big responsibility wearing the No.10 shirt, but I don’t want to put pressure on my shoulders. I always try to be light-hearted. The coach gives me many suggestions, he was a footballer, so he has a lot to teach us.

“The youths are giving us their enthusiasm. This is the first time I play an international competition as a protagonist and I am proud of it. I am living a fairytale and I am going beyond my limits to repay the coach’s and the team’s trust.”

 

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