Recent reports indicate Toronto FC have made an offer to Lorenzo Insigne, with the Italian international likely to accept the record-breaking deal.
Sebastian Giovinco has made it clear he would like to return to Southern Ontario, but Toronto FC are apparently more focused on another Italian player at the moment. As per reports from several media outlets, the Reds are pushing hard to sign Lorenzo Insigne.
When news of TFC’s interest in Insigne first emerged, it was considered nothing more than a long-shot by a franchise aiming to bounce back from arguably their worst season in club history. However, as the frequency of the speculation has increased, so have the chances of the winger ending up in Toronto.
The 30-year-old has an excellent pedigree, having enjoyed a successful career in Italy at both the domestic and international level. The highlight to date is undoubtedly helping his country win UEFA Euro 2020.
Insigne is renowned for his creativity and pace, with him just as likely to set up a goal as score one himself. He is right-footed, although he usually plays on the left wing; he is also deadly from set pieces.
Given Insigne’s stellar reputation, this understandably leads to the question of how Toronto FC have themselves in position to secure one of the biggest signings in MLS history? Unsurprisingly, it comes down to money.
The Frattamaggiore, Naples native’s contract with Napoli is set to expire this coming summer, but negotiations have not been going well. As per the Toronto Sun‘s Steve Buffery, Napoli are reportedly offering a deal which would result in a 50 percent pay cut.
Understandably, neither Insigne or his agent find this offer acceptable. He is still performing at a high level, as evidenced by five goals and six assists in 17 club appearances so far this season.
The turn of events have allowed TFC to swoop in with an offer which would make him the highest-paid player in club history. In fact, as per Buffery, it’s possible the contract would represent a record-breaking amount for MLS.
Insigne has been waiting for better offers from around Europe, with his preference understandably being to remain in Italy. However, no one has come close to what the Reds are prepared to pay; as a result, MLS writer Will Forbes is reporting that the Italian is now 75 percent likely to accept TFC’s deal.
Assuming the signing does go ahead, there has been some question surrounding Toronto FC already having the maximum three designated players allowed per MLS team. This should not be an issue however, with one or both of Jozy Altidore and Yeferson Soteldo expected to be moved prior to the start of the 2022 season.
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