The Daily Mail have reported that Liverpool have had a sizeable bid rejected by Napoli for their star man Lorenzo Insigne.
The English media outlet have sourced the news from the Italian newspaper La Repubblica who state that Insigne is one of the Reds key transfer targets for the summer and that the club have already made a large offer of £61million via his agent Mino Raiola.
The reports further state that the bid was instantly rejected by the Italian side, with chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis demanding that Liverpool have to cough up double their initial bid if they are to have any chance of prizing away the 27-year-old from the Stadio San Paolo.
Despite sitting three points clear at the top of the Premier League, Liverpool’s recent results have shown the need for further investment in attacking areas.
Two successive 1-1 draws against Leicester City and West Ham respectively demonstrated the Anfield side’s inability to break down teams who sit deep.
Whilst the quality of the exquisite trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino is undisputed the players available on the bench to Jurgen Klopp provides a considerable drop off.
Divock Origi missed a golden chance in the dying seconds against the Hammers to hand Liverpool a vital three points in the title race and the Belgian looks set to be shown the door in the summer along with fellow striker Daniel Sturridge.
Therefore, Klopp is desperate to bolster his frontline and the German has identified Insigne as the man to fill the void.
Insigne has been in fine form for the Gli Azzurri this season contributing eight goals and five assists in 19 Serie A appearances.
Napoli’s mercurial forward ranks inside the top ten for key passes in Serie A with an average of 2.4 per game and leads the way for the second placed team in Serie A with 4.5 shots on average per game (statistics courtesy of WhoScored).
The Italian international also notably notched the winner against Liverpool in the dying embers of the two clubs Champions League group stage game back in October.
The Napoli youth protege has been a perennial figure at the heart of the Napoli team since making his first team debut back in 2010, accumulating over 200 appearances, making a move away from Italy seem highly unlikely at this present time.