Lorenzo Insigne agent denies Arsenal transfer approach

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Arsenal have not yet made an approach for Italian starlet Lorenzo Insigne, according to his agent.

Recent reports have suggested that the Gunners could be gearing up to snatch the highly-rated youngster from Napoli, with a £20 million bid said to be forthcoming. However his agent has moved to dismiss that claim, insisting that he has heard nothing from Arsenal as yet.

No deal

"We have not been contacted by Arsenal for Lorenzo Insigne and Napoli has not notified us of this interest,' said his agent Fabio Andreotti to Italian radio station Radio Crc.

"Lorenzo is a target of several European sides so it wouldn't surprise me if big clubs are interested in him. However, Napoli don't want to put him in the market."

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Arsenal are looking to bolster their squad this summer after seeing their Premier League title tilt fall away at the tail-end of last term. Their primary concern is landing a new big-name forward to lead the line, however boss Arsene Wenger has always had an eye for young talent and is said to be keen on Insigne.

The 23-year-old managed 23 Serie A appearances for Rafa Benitez's Napoli outfit last term, scoring three goals in the process - which earned him a call-up to Italy's World Cup squad.

Busy summer for Arsenal

Arsenal appear to be looking increasingly to Italy in order to bolster their squad this summer, with AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

The former Manchester City striker's agent revealed last week that he was 'sad' at the San Siro - although Wenger, who is in Brazil working for television at the World Cup, has since insisted that a transfer swoop isn't on the cards.

Other targets

With that deal seemingly dead in the water, Arsenal will need to take a look at other targets. Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandukic is available this summer and has been linked with a north London switch, while Alvaro Morata is at the heart of a transfer tussle between the Gunners and Juventus. 

At the other end of the pitch Thomas Vermaelen continues to be linked with Manchester United, although as yet no deal has been agreed.

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