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#5 McGarry on Insigne to Liverpool
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Lorenzo Insigne in recent days with some reports claiming that they made an offer worth €70 million for him. However, according to football pundit Ian McGarry, Liverpool made no such bid.
McGarry praised Insigne for his abilities and loyalty as the forward had many opportunities to play abroad but stayed put at Naples.
“Insigne has been an outstanding, outstanding attacking midfielder or false nine for Italy as well as Napoli,” McGarry said.
“He’s a local boy and he is 27 now, he’s had lots of opportunities to move in his career. He’s chosen to stay in Naples and play for his club.”
Addressing the stories surrounding Liverpool’s supposed bid, McGarry claimed that he spoke to some people at Liverpool and got the information that the Merseyside outfit never really made a bid for him. Instead, the Reds just made an inquiry.
“There was a big, big story in a very reputable Italian newspaper that Liverpool had made a bid for him.
“I’ve spoken to some people that I know at Liverpool who said there was no bid.
“It was simply an inquiry as to whether he might be available in the summer as clubs do once the January window closes, they start looking at a strategy for the summer.”
He concluded by stating that the main factor that would decide Insigne’s future is how much money Napoli offer him in wages in a new deal.
“I think the key here, or the factor that probably tells us what’s going to happen, is that Insigne is up for contract renewal and he wants to be paid substantially more than he is being paid just now.”