There are no developments regarding Lorenzo Insigne’s contract extension with Napoli and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are already planning to sign the striker for free next summer.
Insigne’s contract at the Stadio Maradona expires at the end of the season, but neither the player nor his agent have yet talked to President Aurelio De Laurentiis since the season began.
Napoli are struggling financially due to the COVID pandemic and have offered Insigne to take a pay cut on his €5m-a-year contract.
The Italy international is unwilling to accept such an offer and has reportedly requested a new €6m-a-year salary.
#Insigne e Napoli non si parlano: torna il gelo dopo la vittoria col Venezia https://t.co/mRPPZxb50p
— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) August 24, 2021
With less than one year left in his contract with the Partenopei, the future of Insigne is in doubt, so much so Napoli are reportedly open to selling their captain for €25m before the end of the summer transfer window.
Inter are one of the clubs interested in securing the player’s services but will not open talks with the Partenopei this summer.
The Serie A champions, in fact, hope Insigne won’t find a new club in the last week of negotiations, opening contract talks with him in January.
If Insigne doesn’t leave Napoli and fails to sign a contract extension, he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any other club at the beginning of 2022, leaving Napoli for nothing at the end of the season.
Insigne scored a penalty kick after missing another one in the Partenopei’s Serie A opener against Venezia on Sunday.
“Players like him help those next to them mature and get stronger. With his attitude, the others follow that example. He earned the right to wear that captain’s armband and must be praised, although I never had any doubts,” Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti said after the game.
“He also did well to call on the crowd to keep supporting us because their presence can really give the team a hand during a difficult moment.”