The Hilarious Story Behind Lorenzo Insigne’s Toronto FC Transfer

Lorenzo Insigne Signs for MLS Club Toronto FC
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Every football fanatic likes to think they have what it takes to be a professional scout when they load up Google and search for “best players with expiring contracts” and suggest to their friends that their club signs Lionel Messi at the end of his deal…well it turns out that is exactly what Toronto FC did when signing Lorenzo Insigne.

Canadian based MLS club Toronto FC shocked the world when they confirmed the signing of highly touted Italy international and Napoli regular Lorenzo Insigne on a pre-contract deal in January 2022.

However, it is the story behind Insigne’s signing for the MLS club that is now making headlines with a story so good you have to read it to believe it.

Channelling his inner Football Manager or FIFA Career Mode player, Toronto FC President Bill Manning discovered Lorenzo Insigne’s contract status and availability whilst scrolling through the popular website ‘TransferMarkt’.

Speaking with The Toronto Sun, Manning revealed how Insigne came to be the MLS highest-paid player in history after agreeing terms on a cool $12m per season pre-contract deal.

“I looked up the Italian national team on what players were coming out of contract and Lorenzo Insignewas one of a few players that were coming out of contract.

I started writing down players that I thought were world-class, that I thought would have commercial value in this market.

“I then presented to the MLSE board a five-year vision on what we need to do to reinvigorate our club. And Lorenzo Insigne was the first name on that list.”

Manning would add that he believes Insigne to be an incredible signing for not just Toronto FC but the MLS as a collective because this is a player in his prime with the ability to play in and around the top five leagues in Europe.

“This is a player in the prime of his career who just came off winning the European Championship… and has continued this year to play at a very high level,”

Lorenzo Il Magnifico will join Bob Bradley’s MLS sign in June after 16 years with his childhood club Napoli after signing for their youth team in 2006 from Olimpia Sant’Arpino for an incredible fee of just €1,500.

During the forwards time with Gli Azzurri, Insigne bagged himself 89 goals in 319 appearances and was part of an incredible Napoli side that finished as Seria A runner up four times between 2012 and 2021, under managers such as Maurizio Sarri and Carlo Ancelloti.

Toronto FC found themselves finishing 13th in the American MLS League – Eastern Conference with just six wins from thirty-four games and only 39 goals to their name.

Bill Manning will be hoping that, for his sizeable wage, Insigne can help turn around Toronto’s fortunes and help the club progress back to their status as MLS Cup regulars following their last appearance in 2019.

Toronto FC isn’t the only club making signings that some would call “shocking” this January, read all about the financial details behind Coutinho’s shock move to Aston Villa and how a forgotten Liverpool signing could be set to net the club millions in transfer fees.


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