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Napoli Legend Pushing For A Return To Serie A

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It was recently reported that former Napoli forward, Lorenzo Insigne is pushing for a return back to Italy, after leaving the Partenopei to move to USA to play in the Major League Soccer in 2022.

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The former Napoli captain has been in contact with Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri, his last manager before his exit from Napoli and Italy and is in search of a return to Serie A after a near-two-year spell with Toronto FC.

Insigne is currently back in Italy and according to reports, he visited his former boss and newly-appointed Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri at the team’s training ground in Castel Volturno. However, Insigne’s visit to Naples was just to say hello.


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It is Lazio who are more likely to offer the 32-year-old a return to Serie A according to the reports. Insigne has been in contact with Sarri and his conversations with the former Chelsea coach is that he is available if required. Sarri is aware that Insigne could present an enticing opportunity in the transfer market.

Lazio currently have plenty to focus on, especially in Serie A, where they currently sit in a disappointing 10th place, and in the Champions League, where they still need to qualify for the Round of 16. If they were to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, the club would have roughly an extra €10m to play with in the transfer market.

Insigne would still need to find a way out of Toronto, as he has a contract which expires in 2026. The club could be open to an early exit, either on loan or by termination of contract, but he will need to take a significant wage cut on his €11.5m salary.

Meanwhile…

Milan will launch an attempt to sign Lille striker and Canada international Jonathan David in the January transfer window according to reports. It is no secret that the Rossoneri are on the lookout for a new centre-forward to compete with and eventually succeed current starter Olivier Giroud, who turned 37 at the end of September.

Milan’s current back-up options include 23-year-old summer recruit Noah Okafor and former Fiorentina forward Luka Jovic, but have struggled to lead the attack alone. They will both need to step up in Giroud’s absence in the next two matches as the Frenchman serves his suspension after receiving a red card in the 93rd minute against Lecce last weekend.

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In the meantime, Milan are already planning for the future, and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, would like to bring in an alternative option up front as swiftly as possible. David is considered to be a striker who ticks all of Milan’s boxes. He offers a different set of characteristics to Giroud, and has plenty of experience for a 23-year-old.

His contract is set to expire in the summer of 2025, which means that a transfer in January is not unquestionable. Lille would reportedly ask for a price tag in the region of €40m, which Milan will hope to lower. Alternatively, Milan will also follow 27-year-old Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy, who has a release clause set at a reasonable €17m.

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