Liverpool are candidates to take advantage of the crisis at Napoli by going ahead with an ambitious raid for duo Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski, according to reports.
The Serie A club have threatened legal action against their players after they refused to travel to a training retreat, organised by president Aurelio De Laurentiis after last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg.
According to the Daily Mail, the most appropriate solution would be for De Laurentiis to sell the club or sell the high-profile players who have gone on strike, with the newspaper citing five first-team stars who could all be ditched in the near future.
Centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly and midfielders Fabian Ruiz and Allan are all on that list, but the Mail says it is Insigne and Zielinski who will be of interest to Liverpool.
It is claimed that Insigne – valued at £55m – suits Jurgen Klopp’s style of play and would be a good addition, although a cut-price fee is reportedly the only way he could move to Anfield given that Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have all cemented places up top in the lineup.
As for £40m-rated Zielinski, it is believed that Liverpool were close to signing him in the summer before the move failed to materialise. However, with talks stalling between Napoli and the player over a new deal, the Mail says that the Reds could come back in for him in January.
Liverpool will have to fight off competition if they are to do so, though, with Arsenal emerging as potential suitors for the 25-year-old.
The Reds have not been affected by a quiet summer window, which they mainly used to strengthen their youth ranks with additions such as Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott.