Report: Man Utd could sign £139k p/w man with 111 goals and 88 assists for free in 2022

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne by Werner100359, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Manchester United aren’t short of forwards with Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani at their disposal, but Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Sport Witness) say they’re looking to bolster the attack.

Who could be coming to Old Trafford?

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne is reportedly on United’s radar as his future at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium is uncertain. The 30-year-old is out of contract in 2022 and is yet to put pen to paper on an extension despite weeks of talks.

Insigne rose through the youth ranks to Napoli’s first-team in 2012/13 and has gone on to make 407 appearances in all competitions, scoring 111 goals with 88 assists. The Italian international, who has scored 10 goals in 51 games, takes home €165k-per-week (£139k-per-week) in wages, so he’d cost United €8.6m-a-year (£7.25m-a-year).

Insigne scored 19 goals and made seven assists in 35 Serie A games last season, so it’s easy to see why the Red Devils are showing an interest. If he doesn’t extend his deal at Napoli, United could land themselves a very talented free transfer, though they won’t be the only suitors.

Will an existing player be sold?

With so many attackers in the squad, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may need to offload one or two names to make room for a potential incoming. Mata hasn’t amassed a minute of Premier League football this season while Lingard’s made his handful of appearances from the bench, so the aforementioned duo might be the ones for the chop.

Summary

Insigne will turn 31 next summer, but he’s coming off the back of a prolific campaign in Italy and has picked up where he left off this season – two goals and three assists in eight league games.

If United can sign him on a free transfer, he’ll be an excellent addition. Insigne’s wages won’t break the bank and he’s better than a lot of players in the squad, so this would be a sensible move.