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Insigne 'honoured' over Arsenal link

ESPN staff
June 6, 2014
Lorenzo Insigne's agent has warned Arsenal that a "huge mountain named Napoli" stands in the way of a potential transfer © PA Photos

Lorenzo Insigne's agent says his client is "honoured" by interest from Arsenal but insists a move to the Premier League would prove difficult to secure.

The forward has been linked with a £17 million switch to the Emirates Stadium, after helping Napoli finish third in Serie A last season.

But Insigne, who is preparing for the World Cup with Italy, is considered one of the main stars of Rafa Benitez's side and it would take a monumental effort to prise him away from his hometown club, according to Antonio Otaiano.

"We take into account the praising reports that [Arsene] Wenger has given about the player," Otaiano told Tutto Mercato.

"We are honoured that a club like Arsenal could have Lorenzo on their wish list.

"However, from here to take it to the next level, that is a possible transfer, there is a huge mountain in between named 'Napoli'.

"The club consider him without a shadow of a doubt as one of their cardinal players for their ambitious project.

"Hence, as of today, I don't see that there can be any further developments unless Arsenal speak to Napoli directly and Napoli change their view on Lorenzo's role here."

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has called on Arsene Wenger to buy at least four new players - including a top-class striker - this summer to make the club genuine title contenders.

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