Napoli chief reveals huge release clause for Liverpool No.10 target

Dries Mertens; Lorenzo Insigne TEAMtalk

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that reported Liverpool target Lorenzo Insigne has a huge release clause.

Italy international Insigne reportedly arrived on the radar of Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s move for Nabil Fekir collapsed at the last minute.

A problem with Fekir’s medical ultimately saw Liverpool pull out of a deal with Lyon and in June, according to Transfermarketweb they claimed Insigne was a target for Klopp with the 27-year-old being tipped to leave the Serie A club in the summer.

The same source, Transfermarketweb in April claimed Liverpool would go all out to sign Jorginho and Insigne in a €130million deal.

That never happened with Jorgingo following Maurizio Sarri from Naples to Chelsea, while No. 10 Insigne remains with Napoli.

And any hope Liverpool have of getting their hands on Insigne has taken a blow with the news of a €200million “symbolic release clause.”

De Laurentiis told Il Corriere dello Sport: “Insigne? He has a symbolic release clause. With [his agent] Raiola we decided that we are only going to sell him for €200million. It’s not a written agreement but a verbal one. Two-hundred million, right?”

The noisy Napoli chief also claimed he has faith in new boss Carlo Ancelotti and says has not spoken to Sarri since he left for Chelsea in the summer.

Dries Mertens; Lorenzo Insigne TEAMtalk
“I believe in Ancelotti and I strongly wanted him. I trust him, he has plenty of experience and I will never interfere with his job whatever thing will happen. I gave him the keys of Napoli, he and my son Edoardo are now in charge of the club. I will focus on cinema and tv,” added De Laurentiis.

“Sarri? It’s an endless story. He said false things but this time I don’t want to reply because it would become an endless drama. I am happy with Ancelotti and I’ve never spoken with Sarri since he left.

“Ronaldo? We couldn’t afford him. If we had known about his signing we could have sold the tv rights for Serie A at a higher price. Var? There are many things that are not ok. I think the referee should be guided by an external team of referees. His discretionary should be eliminated. If he is not told about a foul, then there is something behind. Clubs must make sure their investments are not done in vain.”