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Chelsea chase Napoli ace Lorenzo Insigne

Last Updated on by James King

It is understood that Italy star Lorenzo Insigne who helped his country win the recent Euro Championship has come under the radar of Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.

The Napoli winger is in the last year of his contract in Naples and while talks are yet to get underway, it appears that the Blues are monitoring his situation closely. Since arriving from fellow Italian side Pescara, Insigne has racked up an impressive 111 goals and 88 assists in 405 appearances, all from the left-wing.

Chelsea chase Napoli ace Lorenzo Insigne

For Tuchel though, it is his versatility, technical ability and intelligence that is likely to appeal, and with Timo Werner having apparently fallen out of favour and seemingly on his way out of Stamford Bridge, plus doubts lingering over Hakim Ziyech, Insigne is seen as the perfect replacement.

 

Do Chelsea need Insigne?

There is certainly no doubting the quality that a player such as Insigne would offer; a seasoned Champions League performer and having appeared alongside top players – including Edinson Cavani, it is easy to see why Chelsea have their eye on him.

If they can recoup a substantial amount for both Werner and Ziyech, due to Insigne being in the last year of his contract, it could even mean that they make a profit in the upcoming transfer window, almost emulating the summer, despite the £100 million signing of Romelu Lukaku.

Also, the thought of Insigne linking up with his fellow Serie A competitor is somewhat of a mouthwatering prospect and with Kai Havertz and Mason Mount thrown into the mix as well, all of a sudden, Chelsea look capable of challenging on multiple fronts.

However, the ultimate question would be whether Insigne would want to leave Italy having been there for all of his career. While he may not stay at Napoli, he will certainly have no shortage of Serie A suitors, including Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan, all of who are capable of challenging for honours.

His diminutive style and movement is something that would certainly aid Chelsea, and while he might have reached 30, he still has a good couple of years playing at the highest level.

For Chelsea fans, this is certainly a player who they would be happy with, compared to a relative unknown like Ziyech who has been inconsistent in the Premier League, with doubts still over whether he can cut it at the highest level just yet. For Insigne, perhaps the chance to emulate fellow Italian Gianfranco Zola at Chelsea might just be too good to turn down, while he would no doubt command wages in excess of £150,000 per week.