Toronto FC interested in Lorenzo Insigne but Inter deal 'all but done'

Chris Smith
Insigne has been with the Napoli first team since the 2009/10 campaign.
Insigne has been with the Napoli first team since the 2009/10 campaign. / Claudio Villa/GettyImages

Toronto FC's interest in Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne is genuine, but a move to the Canadian club is unlikely with Inter looking to close a deal, 90min can confirm.

The 30-year-old is a legend in Naples, scoring over 100 goals for the Partenopei and making in excess of 400 appearances since emerging from the youth ranks in the 2009/10 season.

But Insigne's current deal expires in 2022 and, according to reports, Napoli have only been willing to offer a new deal on the premise he takes a 50% pay cut. The deal would still be worth over $4 million per season, though the $1.7m bonus package has been described as "hard to achieve".

It is somewhat surprising to see Toronto linked with Insigne but they do have previous for recruiting from Serie A.

Fellow Italian Sebastian Giovinco - signed from Juventus in 2015 - is arguably the greatest player in club history. He scored 83 goals in 142 appearances before leaving in 2018 and helped the Reds win seven trophies, including an MLS Cup in 2017.

90min understands that TFC have indeed expressed an interest in Insigne but were never convinced the forward - who was part of the Azzurri's Euro 2020 success this summer - was ever keen on the deal.

The likes of Chelsea, Barcelona, Newcastle, and Everton have all been linked with Insigne, whose expiring contract would make him available at an attractive price. But 90min can confirm that a move to Serie A champions Inter on a free transfer is "all but done".

Insigne's departure would be a huge blow to Napoli, even if he sees out the rest of the 2021/22 campaign. The diminutive forward has four goals and three assists to his name in 11 Serie A appearances this season, and has created more chances (27) than any other player at the club.

Luciano Spalletti's side are joint-top of the league and unbeaten after 12 games, level with Milan on 32 points and seven clear of Inter, who are third.