All is in gear for Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne to complete his move to the Major League Soccer (MLS) with the Italy international keen on joining Canadian outfit Toronto FC.
The 30-year old will be joining the Canada based side in the summer when his contract runs out with Napoli as negotiations over a new contract have hit a bedrock.
News making rounds already have it that the Napoli academy graduate is ready to cross the Atlantic and embark on a new challenge in Canada.
We have a reason to believe that the transfer when it goes ahead will include a record $12 million per season according to MLS writer Michael Singh.
However some have expressed negatives regarding the transfer saying it is too early for the Euro 2020 winner to move to the MLS.
One of these people is his former agent Antonio Ottaiano who labelled the move a ‘lifestyle choice’ saying the player won’t be involving himself in ‘proper competition’.
“It’s a lifestyle choice more than a career one.
A decision like this means playing a very different type of sport.
It’s exhibition football not a proper competition we need to see what is priorities are who is getting advice from.Antonio Ottaiano, Insigne’s former agent
Naturally we Italians struggle to understand a move like this yet, Giovinco did it, only those who are in the situation can understand how much the salary pushes them to accept or not.”
Sebastian Giovinco had made a similar move back in 2007 just as he was about to turn 30, a move downplayed by many but the Italian went on to become the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 83 goals in 142 games.
Insigne is not the only Italian courted by Toronto, another soon to be free agent, Andrea Bellotti is also a name being mentioned by the MLS outfit as they try to bring the Torino striker to MLS.
Toronto are coached by former USA boss Bob Bradley.
Ever since joining Napoli as a teenager, Lorenzo Insigne will be looking at leaving the Partenopei for the first time as a professional footballer having netted 114 goals in 414 appearances.