Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne is reportedly 'honoured' to be linked with a side like Arsenal, after reports broke yesterday that Arsene Wenger was considering making a formal bid for him this summer following the World Cup.
The Italian striker is set to feature regularly for his country in Brazil as they go up against England, Uruguay and Costa Rica in one of the toughest groups at the tournament, and it won't just be his countrymen that Insigne will want to impress.
Wenger has told several of his scouting team to monitor the Italian's performances throughout the Summer tournament, and the Frenchman is also keen on keeping tabs on his contributions too.
Wenger, who is keeping tabs on several players at the World Cup, is keen to see how Insigne can handle himself on the big stage, and is keen to judge his performances when he comes up against some of the best talent in world football.
It's believed if the Arsenal boss is impressed, he will table a formal bid of around £17million for the Napoli forward, which could be accepted by Rafael Benitez, who is keen to raise money in order to strengthen other departments of his team, according to talkSPORT.
Insigne is currently battling Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon for a starting-spot in Napoli's side, and will likely be competing alongside Olivier Giroud if he were to make the switch from Serie A to the Premier League, but according to his agent, despite being honoured with the link, a summer transfer doesn't seem likely.
Antonio Ottaiano, who is Insigne's main representative, has given an interview in Italy and was questioned about the reports linking his client with a move to the Gunners, and he admitted that although it's an honour to be mentioned with such a prestigious club, he has also revealed that any potential move is unlikely.
"We take into account the praising reports that Wenger has given about the player," Ottaiano said.
"We are honoured that a club like Arsenal could have Lorenzo on their wish list.
"However, from here to take it to the next level, that is a possible transfer, there is a huge mountain in between named Napoli.
"The club consider him without a shadow of a doubt as one of their cardinal players for their ambitious project.
"Hence, as of today, I don't see that there can be any further developments unless Arsenal speak to Napoli directly and Napoli change their view on Lorenzo's role here."
Insigne has spent two fruitful loan spells away from Napoli in recent years, but it appears that he may be in their first-team plans for the season ahead, and with only being 23-years-old, he may be a pivotal figure in the near-future.
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