Canadian international defender Richie Laryea is reportedly set to leave Toronto FC and join Nottingham Forest for a fee of $1 million US.
Toronto FC have been the source of plenty of news recently, as they aim to recover from one of their worst seasons since joining MLS in 2007. The only confirmed signing so far is Shane O’Neill, but they have reportedly agreed terms with Italian international Lorenzo Insigne, while being linked with the likes of Andrea Belotti and Domenico Criscito.
Unfortunately for TFC, it’s not all positive speculation and news for them. As per Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sports Italy, Richie Laryea is set to join Nottingham Forest.
Romano writes that the deal has been agreed and Laryea is flying to England to undergo medical tests and sign. As per Manuel Veth of Transfermarkt.com, Toronto FC will receive $1 million US, which would be the fourth-highest fee in club history.
Pending official confirmation, this represents a significant loss for TFC. The 26-year-old has been an excellent player ever since arriving in Southern Ontario in March 2019.
Laryea prospered in large part due to the decision to move him from midfield to right back. He made his international debut for Canada in September 2019 and has since gone on to receive 22 caps and score once.
While the Toronto native had arrived at TFC as a free agent, it was always known he had the talent to succeed. He was selected seventh overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City SC.
Laryea made 67 regular season appearances during his three years in Toronto, scoring eight goals and adding seven assists along the way. He also scored once in five playoff games for the Reds.
As per the Toronto Sun‘s Steve Buffery, Laryea has long said he wants to test his skills in Europe. It will be interesting to watch how his career progresses in England.
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