On Thursday, we relayed a surprise claim made in Italy that Everton have emerged as a contender for Lorenzo Insigne.

Later that day, journalist and Napoli expert Ciro Venerato stated the Toffees’ interest is real.

His contract expires in 2022 and the latest round of renewal talks, that took place on Thursday, ended in a ‘stalemate’.

That’s according to Calciomercato and they add the possibility of the Naples club selling their star in this window ‘cannot be ruled out’.

As of now, the winger is further away from his current employer and it will take suitors around €25-30m to take him away from Luciano Spalletti’s side.

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It’s said Zenit have contacted Napoli, while ‘first steps [were] also taken by Everton’. The English club are evaluating the possibility of bringing the Italy international to Merseyside.

Everton wanting Insigne is backed up by journalist Luca Marchetti, who told Sky Italia, relayed by CalcoioNapoli24, the Premier League side and Zenit have ‘concrete interest’ in the player. Inter Milan are also in the picture to acquire the Euro 2020 winner’s services.

An unlikely move to Goodison Park will see Insigne reunite with his former Napoli manager, Rafael Benítez.