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Chelsea Target Reportedly Set To Have Release Clause Increased To £178m

Chelsea target Lorenzo Insigne could have his release clause increased to €200m (£178m) now he has switched agents, according to reports in Italy.

The Napoli winger was a player Maurizio Sarri was looking to sign in the summer, along with teammate Jorginho, but the Serie A club’s owner Aurelio De Laurentiis refused to sanction the move.

Since then, Insigne has moved agents to Mino Raiola, and while this may suggest that a move away from the Partenopei has become more likely, it has been suggested that it could lead to the 27-year-old signing a contract on better terms.

Earlier this month, De Laurentiis actually confirmed there was a verbal agreement between Raiola and himself about the size of the new buyout clause:

“He has a symbolic release clause, Raiola and I have decided that if we get a €200m bid we’ll sell him. It’s not a written agreement, but a verbal one. €200m, is that clear?”

However, up until this point, it hasn’t been set in stone as Raiola wasn’t officially his agent. That may change with the Italian-born Dutchman now being his sole representative.

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