When it comes to contract renewals, it’s all about finding a common ground, with players normally asking for high figures, while clubs, wanting to protect their finances, start from a lower base.
Eventually, through negotiations, a wage is normally found somewhere in the middle, but sometimes, the demands are simply too high for the club, which happens to be the case with Lorenzo Insigne at Napoli.
This has allowed many clubs to start sniffing around, including Manchester United, as the Italy international struggles to find an agreement with Aurelio De Laurentiis and co. regarding a new deal.
His current contract expires in June, and with him having spent pretty much all of his career in Naples, an exit, while a long time coming, would still be a shock for the club.
However, one man’s loss is another man’s gain, and it appears the Red Devils are keen on giving the diminutive winger a chance in the Premier League, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
They explain that, ‘from abroad, Manchester United have informed themselves’ about the player’s situation, perhaps seeing an opportunity to add both experience and talent down their left side without having to spend a transfer fee.
In fact, the ‘race is open’ with other clubs, as Inter also circle, aware they could get one of their country’s better players without negotiating with a rival.
This also backed up by Calciomercato.it, who explain that while Manchester United have indeed ‘shown interest’, they aren’t the ones ‘pushing the hardest’ due to their already plentiful attacking options.
We’ll have to wait and see what comes of it, but until we reach January, all this will remain speculation, as no offer can (technically) be made to the player.
That being said, we al know clubs can lay the groundwork early to facilitate their task once the window opens.