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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2017

Liverpool are reportedly monitoring Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, but the Serie A outfit are close to handing him a lucrative new deal.

According to Claudio Colla of Transfermarketweb.com, the winger is on the verge of signing a new deal worth €4.5 million (£3.8 million) per year, which will extend his stay with Napoli from 2019 until 2022.

Despite that, the Reds have not yet given up hope of signing him, and he is also attracting interest from AC Milan and AS Roma.

The 25-year-old enjoyed perhaps the best season of his career last year as he racked up 13 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, and he’s followed that up with an even stronger campaign this time around with 16 and 10, respectively.

Per Napoli’s official Twitter feed, Insigne has been one of several key performers for the Partenopei:


Liverpool already have a strong front three comprised of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who possess great chemistry with one another as well as pace, creativity and the threat of goals.

The Reds will have European football to contend with next year, though, so another player of similar ability to rotate with the trio would be a strong addition.

Insigne compares well with the Liverpool triumvirate, per Squawka:

Insigne vs. Liverpool Front Three, 2016-17 League Stats
Apps 31 31 26 27
Minutes 2,393 2,714 1,859 2,242
Goals 14 11 9 13
Assists 7 6 6 5
Chances Created 55 68 56 43
Take-Ons 37 61 55 67
Tackles 21 36 21 18
Interceptions 23 20 17 9
Pass Completion 86% 79% 84% 77%
Squawka

While he ostensibly plays on the left, Insigne has provided cover on the right and centrally—both up front and in a deeper role—during his time with Napoli, so he could fit in well among Liverpool’s forwards.

Technically adept with intelligent movement, the diminutive Italian could make for a fine signing for the Reds.

Here’s a look at some of his highlights this season:

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