Lorenzo Insigne will join Toronto FC on free transfer in summer as MLS club announce deal for Napoli starJanuary 8, 2022
LORENZO INSIGNE will join Toronto FC in a surprise free transfer in the summer.
The Italian will leave boyhood club Napoli 16 years after first joining as a 14-year-old.
Insigne, 30, has signed a four-year contract on a reported £155,000-a-week.
The contract is also said to include a potential £3.6m in add-ons.
Skipper Insigne has made 416 appearances for Napoli in which he has scored 114 goals while laying on 91 assists.
His tally puts him fourth on Napoli's all-time leading goalscorer list.
The 5ft 4in ace has 53 caps for Italy and helped his nation win Euro 2020.
Upon sealing the huge coup, Toronto head coach and sporting director Bob Bradley hailed his new signing's creativity.
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The former Swansea boss said: "We are all looking forward to having Lorenzo join us this summer.
“His ability to create chances for himself and his team-mates is special.
"Having watched him for many years, I also know he’s also a player who works for the team.
"Lorenzo is the kind of player you come to watch, because there’s always a chance he’ll do something unforgettable."
Toronto had a poor season in 2021, missing out on the play-offs and coming second bottom in the MLS' Eastern Conference.
Insigne will join a squad including former Sunderland and Hull striker Jozy Altidore as well as Sussex-born forward Dom Dwyer.
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