Napoli and Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne became the richest player in MLS history after signing a four-year, £ 44million contract with the Toronto FA, but the transfer was carried out with a unique approach
Toronto FC president Bill Manning has decided to sign Napoli forward and Euro 2020 winner Lorenzo Insigne after searching for the player on the popular football news and data website. Transfer market.
Insigne became the highest-paid player in MLS history when he struck a deal that will see him join the Canadian team at the end of the season.
The Italian striker has put his pen to a four-year contract worth a staggering £ 11million per season.
Insigne spent 12 seasons with the Serie A giants, advancing through the academic system and becoming one of the most important players in their history.
And Manning learned everything he needed to know about Italy’s 53 caps when he researched his Transfermarkt stats.
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“I actually went to the Transfermarkt website and researched the Italian national team which players were leaving their contracts,” Manning said via The Toronto Sun.
“And Lorenzo was one of the few players to come out of contract. I started noting players who I thought were world class, who I thought would have commercial value in this market.
“Then I presented the MLSE board of directors with a five-year vision of what we need to do to reinvigorate our club. And Lorenzo Insigne was the first name on that list.”
Insigne made 538 appearances for the Napoli side, scoring 173 goals and providing 115 assists.
He also played a leading role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph, starting all but one game and scoring two goals for Roberto Mancini’s side.
While many former players such as Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and David Beckham have crossed the pond in the later years of his career, the move from Insignia to MLS at age 30 has made it so. surprised more than one.
And one of those people who raised eyebrows at his move was his former agent Antonio Ottaiano, who believes a move to MLS is far too soon.
“It’s a life choice more than a career choice,” Ottaiano told Radio Marte, via Sports Bible.
“A decision like this means playing a very different kind of sport. It’s exhibition football, not real competition. We would need to see what his priorities are, from whom he gets advice.
“Of course, we Italians find it hard to understand a gesture like this, yet Giovinco did. Only those in this situation can understand how much the salary pushes them to accept or not.”
Insigne will join Toronto, who signed Jermain Defoe in 2014, on a free transfer when his contract expires alongside Luciano Spalletti.
But it wasn’t until he met the Italian at Transfermarkt that Manning realized his contract was expiring at the end of the season.
And Manning’s satisfaction and relief at being able to close the deal was more than apparent.
“When (D’Amico) made his first phone call with (Insignia agent) Vincenzo (Pisacane), Andrea called me back and said, ‘Bill, this is fate, we are going. to arrive.’ And that was in September, ”Manning added.
“He’s a player in his prime who just won the European Championship … and who has continued to play at a very high level this year,” said Manning.
“We have had a lot of famous players and amazing players who came into this league, but a player with his credentials and caliber at the peak of his career, I’m not sure we’ve seen yet.”