After drawing 0-0 against Northern Ireland on Monday night, Italy now face the tough task of going through the playoffs to try and qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
As tends to be the case in such situations, there has to be a scapegoat, and while many fingers could have been pointed at Jorginho for his missed penalty late on into the previous game against Switzerland, Gazzetta dello Sport target Lorenzo Insigne, whose deal at Napoli is set to expire and who has been linked with a move to Newcastle United.
There’s been no direct effort from the Magpies to sign the winger as of yet, but their money and his contract situation make for an easy rumour, which the newspaper touch upon in their article.
Edging towards ‘the last contract of his career’, the forward clearly wants to ensure he is rewarded for his good career to date, making it a ‘very important signature’ in the grand scheme of things.
Said to be making a ‘choice between heart and reason’, it’s pointed out ‘the most recent attention would be drawn from Newcastle and Canada’, and the ‘list of suitors is long’.
Furthermore, the belief is his market value has been going down of late, not helped by his recent poor performances with Italy, which suits the Magpies, but not Napoli.
We’ll have to wait and see what comes of all this, but Newcastle haven’t been forgotten, nor will they be between now and the moment Insigne decides what his future is made of.