OFFICIAL: Lorenzo Insigne will depart Napoli this summer. Contract signed

Toronto FC has announced that it has signed a preliminary contract with Lorenzo Insigne. The SSC Napoli captain will be arriving in Canada in the summer following the end of his current contract.

Recent months have allowed the 30-year-old to come to the conclusion how big the differences between him and the “Blue”. After winning EURO 2020, where he scored two goals, he counted on appreciating his services.

The author of 19 goals and 11 assists in the previous season, instead of a raise, he received several offers to extend the cooperation on worse financial conditions. As a result, he slowly began to think about changing the environment.

There were inquiries from Everton or Bayern Munich, but when Toronto FC entered the game, it was known that European clubs could not compete with the representative of Major League Soccer.

The Canadians started negotiations at around 10 million euros a year, and while the Italian continued to hesitate, they launched real artillery cannons.

During a meeting in one of the Roman hotels, an offer was made that could not be refused. We are talking about EUR 15.5 million gross, including four in the form of bonuses. Added to this is 1.5 million for the signature alone.

With this in mind, the player agreed to join The Reds, signing a preliminary contract with them, which will take effect on July 1. The agreement is valid until June 30, 2026.

Lorenzo Insigne will therefore finish the season at SSC Napoli, and when his contract ends, he will leave Europe.

– This is a historic and exciting day for our club. Lorenzo is a world-class offensive player at the peak of his career. He was the European champion with Italy and has made major appearances during his club career with Napoli. Lorenzo has a talent for changing the tide of the meeting. He plays with joy and passion, and our fans and supporters will love seeing him as a member of our team – said happy Bill Manning, president of Toronto FC.

The nominal left winger has been associated with the Neapolitan club since childhood. Apart from three loans (to Cavese, Foggia and Pescara), he never really changed employer.

So far, he has achieved 416 appearances and 114 goals (fourth in both historic classifications).

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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