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Lorenzo Insigne, the 30-year-old Italian winger, has been the centre of attention in recent days after his move to MLS side Toronto on a free transfer at the end of the season was confirmed. He will complete this season with the Napoli squad before making the move across the Atlantic.
Insigne came off injured in the 29th minute of Napoli’s match against Sampdoria, seemingly struggling from a groin strain. He was replaced by Matteo Politano.
The 30-year-old Italian winger missed three of the five league matches in December due to both calf problems and a brief battle with COVID and now this latest injury risks further upsetting his season.
The Napoli winger has made 20 appearances across all competitions so far this season, scoring five goals and providing six assists in that time. He has remained a consistent star in the Italian club despite his contract renewal saga.
Insigne to be highest paid MLS player in history
The Italian winger will join the MLS outfit on a free transfer from July 1, 2022, having signed a four-year contract. The 30-year-old will earn €11.5 million (£9m/$13m) a year at Toronto, not including bonuses.
After Insigne signed the contract reactions came out from Toronto FC
"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 coach and sporting director Bob Bradley told the club's website.
President Bill Manning added: “This is a historic and exciting day for our club. 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.
"Lorenzo has the talent to change games. He plays the game with joy and passion, and our fans and supporters are going to love watching him as a member of our team."
A lifetime at Napoli
The Italy international has spent most of his professional career with Napoli.
He came through the club's youth academy and made his senior debut in January 2010 before he was sent out on loan to Cavese, Foggia and Pescara.