Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne supposedly rejected a move to Manchester City last summer.
According to Arena Napoli, the Premier League leaders had identified the 29-year-old as a suitable fit for their squad, and even put forth a lucrative offer to the player to swap Naples for Manchester.
That apparently included things such as a luxurious villa for his family, as well as benefits for his team.
It’s claimed Insigne did give thought to a potential move, but ultimately showed loyalty to Napoli in the hope of helping the club back into the Champions League.
City did end up signing another winger last summer in Ferran Torres.
Insigne – who has 38 caps for Italy – has been with Napoli since the age of 15, and made his first-team debut for the club back in 2010.
He’s gone on to make 383 appearances to date, scoring 101 goals and making 82 assists.
Insigne could have been a brilliant, low-cost addition
News of City’s previous interest in Insigne is quite interesting.
The star could potentially have been a really good addition to the squad.
He’s been a quality player for Napoli down the years and he’s still turning in great performance this term – in 21 Serie A appearances, he’s managed 11 goals and made four assists.
His current contract expires in the summer in 2022, so perhaps another approach can be made in one of the next two windows if there is to be no extension and Pep Guardiola remains keen.