Lorenzo Insigne will leave Napoli for Toronto FC


Lorenzo Insigne will leave Napoli to join Toronto FC next summer in one of the biggest transfers in MLS history.

The Italian international with 53 players has been one of the most consistent strikers in Serie A over the past ten years, making over 300 top appearances for Partenopei.

Insigne’s contract will expire at the end of the ongoing Serie A campaign, with Napoli only offering the 30-year-old reduced terms to renew his contract. Some European giants have courted Insigne, especially the Scudetto owners Inter.

But no one could match the offer from Toronto – a reported five-and-a-half year contract worth about $ 13 million ($ 16.7 million) per season, with up to $ 5.1 million ($ 6.5 million) in addition – us.

90min understands that TFC and Insigne have agreed on terms and that he will join the Canadian club this summer.

Insigne’s deal will not be announced until Toronto has cleared a designated player (DP) spot on their playlist. Currently, their three slots are occupied by Alejandro Pozuelo, Jozy Altidore and Yeferson Soteldo.

As revealed by 90min, Toronto has actively offered Soteldo to clubs globally at a asking price of $ 7m USD – $ 500k USD more than they paid Santos for the Venezuela international in April 2021. Altidore will not return to the club as a DP player either.

The Brazilian clubs Sao Paulo and Palmeiras have been most strongly linked to Soteldo, while it is believed that clubs from all over South America are particularly interested in the 24-year-old winger.

The signing of Insigne will be a landmark for Toronto and MLS as a whole, where the Reds provide an active starting player for the Italian national team, which won the European Championships this summer.

And Toronto may not be finished there, with other Italians Andrea Belotti and Domenico Criscito linked to a move to Canada. According to Waking The Red’s Singh, there has been no serious contact between Toronto and Belotti, but the club for talks with Criscito and another Italian striker from Serie A.

There has been no meaningful communication between Toronto FC and Andrea Belotti (at present), but I hear that the TFC is in talks with Genoa’s Domenico Criscito and another Serie A striker, according to sources. Watch out??

– Michael Singh (@ MichaelSingh94) December 29, 2021

Sources say 90min Inter and clubs from the Premier League are also hungry for Belotti, whose contract expires at the end of the Serie A campaign 2021/22.

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