Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keeping a close-eye on Italy and Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne as he prepares to feature in the World Cup in Brazil, with according to the Metro a view to a £17m summer move.
The Gunners boss is keen to use the World Cup to do some serious scouting, and with a goalkeeper, a right-back and a striker high on his wishlist it's believed he will be keeping tabs on several players in Brazil and deciding whether or not to make formal bids.
It's been reported that David Ospina will be one player watched by Wenger, who plays for Colombia, and now it's suggested that Insigne will also be on the Arsenal manager's watch-list.
The Napoli forward has been on the fringes of the side in recent years due to serious competition from faces such as Edinson Cavani, Goran Pandev, Eduardo Vargas and Omar El Kaddouri, while now facing the same tough competition under Rafael Benitez from Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon.
Insigne has been a part of the Napoli squad side since 2006 and graduated from the youth system in 2009, but then sent out on loan for three seasons to; Cavese briefly in 2010, Foggia for the rest of the 2010 campaign and then finally Pescara in 2011.
During his loan-spells away, Insigne hit some impressive goals-to-games ratios, netting 19 in 33 for Foggia, and 18 in 37 for Pescara.
The 23-year-old is expected to play some part in Italy's World Cup in Brazil, where they go up against England, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the group stages, but will likely be forced to serve as deputy to loan strike star Mario Balotelli.
Wenger has told several of his scouts to keep tabs on the forward, and has asked for reports on his performances, with a potential £17million bid awaiting once the tournament ends.
The Frenchman believes £17m would be enough to sign the Italian, and it's thought Benitez would be willing to see him go for that amount of money, so that he can reinvest in his own squad and a Serie A title challenge.
Arsenal are desperate to sign a striker after heavily relying on Olivier Giroud last season and Insigne is another name added to the ever-growing summer wish list.
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