Toronto who loves, Naples does not answer. Or rather: with regard to the matter of the renewal of the contract expiring in insignia, the captain of the team that in recent years has climbed the club’s all-time rankings in terms of goals and appearances and who will become an illustrious zero-parameter on Saturday, De Laurentiis has already been expressed for some time. In these terms: four years worth 3.5 million euros per season and all together passionately until Lorenzino’s 35th birthday. Or rather, his idea was this; a different idea in substance and outlines compared to that of the player: to renew, in fact, insignia he asked for five million euros for four years. And therefore the same current one. Result: mutual but nothing to do. Under these conditions, Napoli does not accept and Lorenzo refuses: history closed. For the moment completely: except for a sensational coup de theater that with DeLa, as also found in the story of Mertens’ contract in full pandemic, you can never deny up to the last meter of the last corner. We will see, also because in two days it will be January and the year to come will be that of truth. As well as the restoration: the cardinal principle of the new course inaugurated with the lightning sale of Manolas, a man of 4.2 million euros a year of growth, is to reduce the amount of wages. Including that of Insigne.
And then, Napoli awaits. Just like Lorenzo: Toronto’s offer is superior in money and also in duration, of course, but the president has not for the moment improved the proposal for a renewal until 2026 to 3.5 million euros per season net, plus a million pretty complex bonuses to hit. The captain is now a piece of club history and his skin is blue just like his blood as a young fan and adult, but the budget set by the company and the strategic plans reshaped by virtue of the general crisis and a missing Champions League for two years. consecutive I exclude a more substantial investment. Insigne, among other things, will turn 31 on June 4, and although Mertens at 33 has for two years with the option for the third at 4.5 million per season plus signing bonuses, the current policy is diametrically opposite.
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