Roma tried and failed to sign Napoli ace Lorenzo Insigne during the summer of 2012, his agent has confirmed.
Insigne was wanted in the Italian capital by then Coach Zdenek Zeman, a man who bossed the attacker during loan stints at Foggia and Pescara.
“There was something during Zeman’s time,” Antonio Ottaiano told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “The Giallorossi put Lorenzo at the top of their wish-list.
“However, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis responded with a sharp no.
“The President has great faith in Lorenzo and the renewal of his contract is important proof of that.
“De Laurentiis has, on a number of occasions, stated that Lorenzo could become Napoli’s Francesco Totti – a symbol of his hometown team.”
Insigne, who will face Roma on Friday night, warmed up for the Olimpico clash by featuring in Italy’s 2-2 draw against Armenia in Naples last night.
“Lorenzo realised another dream last night – to play at the San Paolo with the national shirt,” added Ottaiano.
“The objective is to pay back the faith of boss Cesare Prandelli who keeps underlining that Lorenzo is part of his project.
“Lorenzo is happy with his display – he was only missing a goal to make it a perfect night. Now he is recharging his batteries for the big match on Friday against Roma.”