Premier League title chasers Liverpool have had a €70 million (£61.3 million) bid for Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne rejected, according to reports in Italy.
Liverpool have been rumoured to be interested in signing Insigne before, but now they have firmed that interest up with a bid with a view to a summer transfer, according to La Repubblica in Italy.
Napoli are currently 2nd in Serie A, and Insigne has had a major role in the side’s success this season. The Italian international has played 19 matches and scored 8 goals, with a further 5 assists.
La Repubblica added that the bid was made through agent Mino Raiola to Insigne’s father, rather than directly to Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Nevertheless, De Laurentiis has said no to that offer, saying that the player is worth €150 million (£131.6 million).
While Insigne has a contract with Napoli that runs until 2022 and, at 27 years of age, is at the peak of his career, De Laurentiis can justifiably ask for top dollar for his start striker. However, Liverpool would likely refuse to pay that much for the player – only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have commanded higher transfer fees than the amount De Laurentiis quoted.
However, the amount quoted could just be a tactic to put clubs off trying to buy Insigne.
Whether Liverpool will come back with an improved bid remains to be seen.