For the last week or so, there have been a few echoes that Everton are interested in Lorenzo Insigne.
The Napoli star is out of contract with the Serie A club next year, and with a renewal agreement hard to come by, a few clubs have started queuing, just in case a transfer is there to be done.
Everton are one of them, although they appear to be bottom of the pile for now, such is their struggle to balance the FFP books, limiting their spending to a bare minimum this summer.
Despite this, their name keeps reappearing, but the latest information to come from RAI Sport in Italy, relayed by Area Napoli, won’t be the best news for the cash-strapped club.
Ciro Venerato, who was the one who kicked off the idea that Rafa Benitez wanted a reunion with Insigne at Goodison Park, explained: “Inter have made an enquiry for both the Napoli captain and Lazio’s Correa. De Laurentiis’ hopes are high: he values number 24 (Insigne) at €30m despite him being out of contract in a year.
“Marotta would offer less than that plus Sánchez, already rejected by Napoli due to the high wages. Benitez’s Everton also like Insigne. Atlético Madrid are only interested in a year, on a free”.
That means that should the Toffees want the Italy international now, they would have to dig deep in their pockets and likely sell someone else to find the necessary FFP space going forward.
A tough ask, and it might be best for them to wait until Insigne is available on a free to try their luck.