Earlier on Friday, Fichajes.net reported Thomas Tuchel has ‘requested’ Chelsea to sign Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne.
Tottenham Hotspur join the Blues in the reported chase for the 30-year-old.
That’s according to Tuttosport, who say the north London club and AC Milan are ‘following’ the Italy international’s situation at the Naples club ‘with discretion’.
His current deal expires at the end of the season and his agent, Vincenzo Pisacane, held a meeting with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis on Thursday.
The winger is demanding a net salary of around €6m per season, while the Serie A side’s proposal includes an annual wage of €4.5m. He is aware this will be his last big contract of his career and is looking for a better deal.
With Spurs and Milan following Insigne’s situation ‘with discretion’, De Laurentiis will ‘now look for a way to find a meeting point’ that can be satisfy both parties.
The scenario can favour the two parties if Napoli qualifies for next season’s Champions League. The Italian club’s chief can be less rigid in meeting the attacker’s demands mainly because Insigne is ‘greatly appreciated’, which has led him to become the ‘true leader’ inside the dressing room.
De Laurentiis being open to being flexible may not come as good news for Tottenham and Milan in their potential efforts to sign Insigne on a free transfer after this season.