The agent of Lorenzo Insigne has revealed that Sunderland tried to tempt his client away from Napoli.
The Partenopei striker started just 16 times last season, but is expected to step up to the plate this term following the departure of Edinson Cavani.
And the 22-year-old's representative has claimed that the forward will be staying at Stadio San Paolo, despite a move from Paolo Di Canio's men.
“We met with the company to discuss Insigne,” Fabio Andreotti told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“Benitez has ensured us that there is a role for Lorenzo. He likes quality players.
“There was an offer from Sunderland before they made a move for [Juventus' Emanuele] Giaccherini, but Napoli said he was not for sale.”