Arsenal will bid £17m for Lorenzo Insigne if he impresses in Brazil

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Arsenal will make a bid of £17 million for the services of Lorenzo Insigne if the Napoli star manages to catch the eye at this summer's World Cup.

Insigne is heading to the tournament in South America as a valued member of Cesare Prandelli's final 23-man Italy squad and, according to reports from the Metro, a decent showing in Brazil in front of Arsene Wenger's scouts will lead the Gunners to submit an offer for the promising 23-year-old.

A versatile and pacy attacking talent, Insigne can occupy a variety of positions across the forward line and is most comfortable when deployed down the flanks.

The diminutive Naples-born Insigne provides a major threat from set-pieces and in all likelihood will act as a crucial supply-line to first-choice frontman Mario Balotelli for the Azzurri as they look to negotiate their way through a tricky Group D lineup that also contains England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Arsenal's priorities this summer should perhaps lie with ensuring they are able to sufficiently compensate for the imminent loss of right-back Bacary Sagna - who looks to be heading to rivals Manchester City following the expiration of his contract - and provide overdue competition for lone frontman Oliver Giroud.

However, Insigne - providing he does not let himself down at this summer's highly-anticipated showpiece - is an undeniably exciting player who would presumably flourish in Arsene Wenger's notoriously attacking setup.

With only three goals to his name in 36 Serie A appearances for Rafael Benitez's outfit, Insigne is somewhat lacking when it comes to providing a consistent threat in the penalty box.

However, his speed and trickery would undoubtedly be an asset for Arsenal, particularly if Theo Walcott fails to recover on time from a devastating cruciate ligament injury suffered in the victory over rivals Tottenham back in January that also ruled him out of contention for the World Cup.

Napoli would usually be unlikely to want to part with a player of Insigne's quality and durability, although the Metro also note that they may be content to sell on this occasion with the intention of raising the necessary funds to pursue other transfer deals of their own.

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