Tottenham director Fabio Paratici has reportedly set his sights on a move for Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne ahead of the January transfer window. T
Tottenham director Fabio Paratici has reportedly set his sights on a move for Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne ahead of the January transfer window. The 30-year-old, who is a one-club man aside from three previous loan spells, will be out of contract at the end of the season and looks to be heading elsewhere.
Insigne has enjoyed a fruitful career-long spell with Napoli, helping the club to win two Italian Cups during his time on their books.
He also played a significant role in Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020 over the summer with two goals from six tournament appearances.
However, his future at club level hangs in the balance after failing to make any significant progress in talks over a new deal at Napoli.
He is said to be holding out for a bumper pay rise in order to reflect his standing within the team, but club chiefs are instead looking to negotiate a reduction in his weekly salary.
Chelsea have been credited with an interest in landing Insigne on a free transfer ahead of next season, with the player able to negotiate with a non-Italian club from January as things stand.
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The Blues are reportedly set to face stiff competition from Spurs, with Paratici a keen admirer of the Napoli talisman from his time working at Juventus in Italy.
It seems as though Spurs could have the perfect plan to beat Chelsea to Insigne’s signature if the north Londoners can use one of their existing stars to facilitate such a move.
Ryan Sessegnon is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football this season after picking up a knock earlier in the campaign.
He arrived at Spurs with high hopes of establishing himself as one of the division’s standout young players, but things have failed to work in the 21-year-old’s favour thus far.
The former Fulham man has struggled to hold down a regular place in the side over the likes of Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min in recent years, with his individual development suffering as a result.
Sessegnon could soon be facing the possibility of a departure in order to revitalise his career elsewhere, and Fenerbahce are reportedly poised to offer the perfect solution.
The Turkish outfit have been keeping tabs on Sessegnon since last season and could act on their interest in his services when January rolls around, according to Takvim.
Spurs would be in a good position to command a decent fee for the winger, who remains under contract until 2025 and still has plenty of potential to succeed at the highest level.
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If they can extract every last penny out of Fenerbahce during negotiations, it could allow them to channel their resources into a lucrative deal for Insigne.
A move to Chelsea may be a more attractive footballing option for the winger, but money talks and is likely to be of paramount importance if reports are to be believed.
It remains to be seen whether Spurs will be able to offload Sessegnon and bring Insigne to north London during the mid-season transfer window.
However, it will be crucial for Paratici to make the right decisions in the January market as he eyes a renewed assault on the Premier League’s upper reaches over the second half of the season.