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Arsenal, Tottenham ‘not big enough’ for mega free agent – but Prem rivals are

Kalidou Koulibaly Insigne Napoli

Arsenal and Tottenham are not big enough clubs to sign potential free agent Lorenzo Insigne, one journalist has claimed.

Insigne, 31, has been a Napoli player for the whole of his career. He climbed through their youth ranks, had three loan spells with Italian minnows, and then became an established part of their first team.

The Italy international knows nothing different, but come the end of the season, he could be forced to learn.

His contract comes to an end next summer. And talks with the Serie A side over a new deal have been very unsuccessful.

As such, he’ll be a free agent in the coming months. The Gunners and Spurs are two Premier League sides who have been touted as possible suitors.

But Corriere dello Sport journalist Antonio Giordana has rubbished these links. He believes the north London rivals are unsuitable.

Giordana told Radio Marte (via Area Napoli): “If I go away from Napoli, I do it only for a very high range, and Arsenal and Tottenham are not a part of it.

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“Are we really sure that the right offer would come from these teams? Do you need Insigne?

“And are we sure that Lorenzo would get back into the game abroad, at 31, to learn a new language and be ‘Insigne among others’?”

Lorenzo Insigne Tottenham

After he had condemned Arsenal and Tottenham, the journalist said their top-flight rivals Manchester United are a potential next destination.

However, he noted they, like fellow European giants Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, are already stacked with attacking talent.

Nevertheless, a recent report claimed United had been keeping tabs on Insigne after becoming aware of his situation. At present, it seems Inter Milan are the frontrunners for his signature.

Insigne ageing like a fine wine

The winger is proving he is still on the top of his game this season. In 11 Serie A appearances he has scored four goals and assisted three more.

Over the course of his Napoli career he has netted more than once every four games, which is an impressive return from out wide.

Last season was in fact his most prolific to date, showing he is ageing like a fine wine. 19 finishes placed him seventh in the Italian top scorers list.

At national level he has been in and out of the Italy side over the past decade. But he was a crucial part of their Euro 2020 success, netting twice en route to the trophy.

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