By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_
Liverpool enquired about a potential summer move for Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne in January, according to football communications consultant Ian McGarry.
It had previously been reported that the Anfield club had made an official bid for the 27-year-old, rumoured to be worth around £61m, but that it has been rejected out of hand by the Italian side.
New information has now come to light, however, that the communication between the two clubs was, in fact, a Liverpool question over his potential availability in the summer as Jurgen Klopp plans for next season.
Speaking on The Transfer Window podcast, McGarry said: “I’ve spoken to some people that I know at Liverpool who said there was no bid.
“It was simply an enquiry as to whether he might be available in the summer as clubs do once the January window closes, they start looking at a strategy for the summer.”
This move signals Liverpool’s eagerness to assess their options when it comes to bringing in an attacking recruit as current No.1 target, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, will decided his future at the end of the current campaign.
The German international has been offered a ‘record-breaking’ new deal by his current club, and has been told by CEO Oliver Mintzlaff that he will be sold in the summer if he doesn’t sign, in order to avoid losing him for nothing when his current contract expires at the end of the 2019/20 season.