Transfers

Lorenzo Insigne set to leave Napoli for Toronto FC

Chris Smith
Insigne would be a landmark signing for Toronto FC and MLS.
Insigne would be a landmark signing for Toronto FC and MLS. / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages
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Lorenzo Insigne will leave Napoli to join Toronto FC next summer in one of the biggest transfers in MLS history.

The 53-cap Italy international has been one of the most consistent forwards in Serie A over the last ten years, making well over 300 top-flight appearances for the Partenopei.

Insigne's contract is due to expire at the end of the current Serie A campaign, with Napoli only offering the 30-year-old reduced terms to renew his deal. Some European giants have been courting Insigne, most prominently Scudetto holders Inter.

But nobody could match the offer from Toronto - a reported five-and-a-half-year contract that is worth about $13m USD ($16.7m CAD) per season, with up to $5.1m USD ($6.5m CAD) in add-ons.

90min understands TFC and Insigne have agreed on terms and that he'll join the Canadian club in the summer.

Insigne's deal won't be announced until Toronto clear a Designated Player (DP) spot on their roster. At present, their three slots are taken up by Alejandro Pozuelo, Jozy Altidore, and Yeferson Soteldo.

As revealed by 90min, Toronto have been actively offering Soteldo out to clubs globally at an asking price of $7m USD - $500k USD more than they paid Santos for the Venezuela international in April 2021. Altidore will not be returning to the club as a DP player, either.

Brazilian clubs Sao Paulo and Palmeiras have been most heavily linked with Soteldo, while it's thought clubs from around South America are particularly interested in the 24-year-old winger.

The signing of Insigne will be a landmark moment for Toronto and MLS as a whole, with the Reds acquiring an active starting player for the Italy national team, who won the European Championship in the summer.

And Toronto may not be finished there, with fellow Italians Andrea Belotti and Domenico Criscito also linked with a move to Canada. According to Waking The Red's Singh, there hasn't been any serious contact between Toronto and Belotti, but the club are in talks with Criscito and another Italian striker from Serie A.

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

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