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Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne signs pre-contract with Toronto FC

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The Napoli striker will join the Reds when his Napoli deal expires in July.

Toronto FC have reached an agreement to sign Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne next summer. The Italian star will leave his current club as a free agent to join the MLS side.

While spending the last months of his Napoli deal, Insigne attracted interest from several European outfits. However, he has decided to continue his career in the United States.

Insigne will follow the footsteps of Sebastian Giovinco, who joined Toronto in 2015 and became an MLS legend. 

 “This is a historic and exciting day for our club,” Toronto FC president Bill Manning said“Lorenzo is a world class attacking player in the prime of his career.

“He was a European champion with Italy and has performed on the biggest stages during his club career with Napoli. Lorenzo has the talent to change games. He plays the game with joy and passion, and our fans and supporters are going to love watching him as a member of our team.” 

A product of Napoli’s academy, Insigne has made 416 appearances for the club. The Italy international’s love affair with the club will come to an end at the end of the current season. Napoli are in the race to win the Serie A, a dream ending for Insigne’s era at the club.

According to The Athletic, Insigne’s contract at Toronto FC runs until 2026, with an option for a six-month extension. The strike will become the highest-paid player in MLS’ history by earning a salary of $15 million per year.