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Arsenal have not bid for Lorenzo Insigne

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Arsenal have not made any formal contact with Italian side Napoli for striker Lorenzo Insigne, according to the player's agent.

The Gunners were reportedly keen on using the World Cup to judge the Italian, with Arsene Wenger out in Brazil for French TV casting his eye over the 23-year-old, but it appears that the Italian didn't do enough to persuade the Frenchman to make an offer.

It was believed that Wenger was willing to offer £17million to Rafael Benitez for Insigne if he was impressed with his performance in Brazil, but after the Italians crashed out in the group stages, the Arsenal boss is now looking elsewhere.

The Premier League side, who ended their nine-year trophy drought last season by winning the FA Cup, are desperate to sign a new striker this summer after heavily relying on Olivier Giroud last season, and it's believed that AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli could be the man heading to the Emirates Stadium.

Balotelli is just one of several strikers on Arsenal's transfer list, with Loic Remy, Mario Mandzukic and Alexis Sanchez also on Wenger's radar.

However, Insigne's agent, Fabio Andreotti, has today confirmed that his client is not on Wenger's mind after he confirmed that no formal contact has been made between the two clubs as of yet.

"We have not been contacted by Arsenal for Lorenzo Insigne and Napoli has not notified us of this interest," said Andreotti.

However, Andreotti did confirm that several European clubs are interested in the Italian, but has ruled out any move away due to Benitez not wanting to sell.

"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."

Napoli are still fearful that they may lose Gonzalo Higuain after the World Cup, with Spanish giants FC Barcelona sniffing around for his signature.

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