Fresh from their 1-0 win away win in The SKY Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon thanks to the above goal from Dwight Gayle, Italian forward Lorenzo Insigne could yet be The Magpies’ first ‘Galactico’ signing of the transfer window following recent events at Napoli and the departure of attacking playmaker Siem De Jong to PSV Eindhoven of Holland on a season-long loan.
At the weekend in Napoli’s Serie A game against Pescara, the unsettled forward was replaced by Dries Martens by coach Maurizio Sarri, who promptly scored two goals increasing speculation Insigne could be benched soon.
Contract wranglings in Italy have long brewed between the club and Insigne, demanding a big wage increase to sign a new contract and a cash-rich Newcastle United, who despite relegation could step in and offer a better contract to end the dispute and significantly bolster both their own attacking options and chances of Cup victory.
The Geordie club begin their quest for The EFL Cup against Cheltenham Town tomorrow night at St. James’ Park and welcome back bad boy striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has served his four-match ban for a challenge on Spurs’ Kyle Walker in the last game of last season.
Insigne, who can operate from the left wing, right wing or through the middle, possesses the creativity and passing range to bring out the best in Mitrovic and potential strike partner Dwight Gayle.
Lorenzo Insigne’s addition to the United squad to replace the perennially-injured De Jong could be a game-changer to The Magpies’ season and ambitions.
Rafa Benitez’s main priority is an instant return to The Premier League, a goal which has been put back on course after a slow start to the season, yet a manager with more significant Cup victories than any other in the modern game will surely have his eyes on every prize available.
The 25 year-old forward dubbed the “Italian Messi” for his match-winning goals and breathtaking skills is a ball-playing genius who has even been likened to Argentinian great Diego Maradona and is exactly the kind of man to spark a trophy revolution on Tyneside.
Nobody in Newcastle needs reminding it is 47-years since club legend Bob Moncur, now on the United board, lifted the last major piece of silverware won by the black and whites, The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969.
Benitez, who managed full Italian international Insigne in his time as Napoli manager and rates him as one of the best players in Italy, will leave no stone unturned in the transfer market after a tw0-game losing start to the season served as a wake-up call to the promotion task ahead.
“For me he is one of the best in Italy” said Benitez back in 2014 and the respect between the pair is mutual with Insigne saying:
“I believed him (Benitez) always,” he told the Corriere dello Sport. “His calmness is reassuring.
“He proceeded to hold me up. The words last Saturday served to give me additional peace of mind.”
Blessed with the ability to take players on effortlessly and score goals as well as create them for others, Insigne has two goals in 12 games for Italy and would be an instant star in Newcastle following in the footsteps of local genius Peter Beardsley, still on the Newcastle coaching staff, whose entertaining and attacking skills he shares.