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Marina Granovskaia given green light to complete Chelsea’s £43m deal for Eden Hazard alternative

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Pisacane’s damning public announcement, regarding the brewing contract saga that Insigne has become subject to, could be a tactful ploy to add his client to the radars of potential suitors like Chelsea who have a history of interest in the Italian

Insigne, who first emerged on the Blues’ radar in 2018, is currently on a €5 million-a-year (£4.3m) deal at Napoli and sees his contract at the Italian side expire at the end of the season meaning that he’ll become eligible to engage in pre-contractual talks in January.

With the Italy international’s agent seemingly notifying clubs of his client’s availability ahead of the winter window, it hands Chelsea a major boost in their pursuit, should they be inclined to reignite interest.

Chelsea first followed in Insigne in 2018 in light of Maurizio Sarri’s appointment at the helm of Stamford Bridge but the Blues faced competition from Liverpool, according to Italian outlet Rai Sport (via Metro).

A deal failed to materialise but rumours linking the Italian to a Chelsea move resurfaced just a few months later as it soon became apparent that Eden Hazard was edging closer to his Real Madrid switch.

Thomas Tuchel’s side then reignited interest in the 30-year-old following Insigne’s dazzling displays at Euro 2020, according to journalist Francesco Modugno.

While the acquisition of Napoli’s captain – who is valued at £43.2 million by Transfermarkt – could prove to be costly in terms of the contract, as a free transfer this deal could be too good to let go of.

At 30-years-old Insigne would be giving Tuchel his prime output and the Italian would be an exciting addition to the operation of Chelsea’s front-three.

As a goal-scorer and creator, often lurking in the inside half-spaces, Insigne is a similar profile of player to Hazard adding an interesting dynamic to the Blues’ attack – he may just be Tuchel’s key to unlocking Romelu Lukaku too.

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