Euro 2020-winning star Lorenzo Insigne to join ML side Toronto FC

Euro 2020-winning star Lorenzo Insigne signed a pre-contract agreement for a four-year deal with ML side Toronto FC. Insigne, who joined Napoli as a 15-year-old, will be part of the team as a Designated Player on July 1, 2022, when his current contract with Serie A side will end. The new ML season starts in February. Follow us for more updates and latest news about Euro Cup 2024! 

Toronto FC announced today that Italian international winger Lorenzo Insigne has signed a pre-contract to join the club on a four-year deal to begin on July 1, 2022,” the club said in a statement. Insigne scored 114 goals in 416 appearances and has been club captain for Napoli since 2019. The forward, who scored 2 goals that helped Italy win the Euro 2020 football matches, also has 10 goals in 53 caps for the Azzurri. 

“This is a historic and exciting day for our club,” said Toronto president Bill Manning. “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.” He will join defender Shane O’Neill, moved to the club on a free transfer last month, at Toronto. 

“We are all looking forward to having Lorenzo join us this summer. His ability to create chances for himself and his teammates is special,” Toronto FC coach and sporting director Bob Bradley. “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.”

According to reports, the Italy forward will receive a £9million-per-year and could also earn a potential extra £4million in add-ons. If true, Insigne would stand among the highest earners in MLS history. Toronto, who won the title in 2017 and runners-up in 2016 and 2019, finished 26th out of 27 teams last year. They played in the MLS Eastern Conference and missed out on the play-offs last year.

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