It has been a busy time for Toronto FC who continue to remake their roster with Alejandro Pozuelo moving on in order to make room for another designated player.
Toronto FC has closed the book on the Alejandro Pozuelo era as they have moved the Spaniard to Inter Miami, freeing up a designated player spot.
Pozuelo was in his fourth season with TFC after joining the team in 2019 as the replacement for Sebastian Giovinco. In his first season with the club, the attacking midfielder helped the Reds reach the MLS Cup which they lost to Seattle.
In 100 appearances for Toronto, the 30-year-old finished with 30 goals.
The move comes with increased chatter that Carlos Salcedo is also expected to leave the club as well. Once this move is done, Toronto will only have Lorenzo Insigne as a designated player. Steve Buffrey of the Toronto Sun believes that a move is not expected to happen with Salcedo and he will be taking some time for some family issues that he has been dealing with.
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Reports suggest Federico Bernardeschi is in talks to join Toronto FC
With Pozuelo being moved out, his departure frees up one of those coveted designated player spots which could be filled by another Italian.
TFC reporter Michael Singh says that there has been contact with Federico Bernardeschi who is not returning to Juventus after five seasons with the Serie A club. He was a teammate with Insigne during Italy’s run at the Euro Cup scoring some key goals in penalties against Spain and England.
The team also brought in longtime Italian defender Domenico Criscito as well and he has been training with the club. Considering the success the team had with Giovinco both on and off the field, it’s hard to disagree with the strategy from TFC here.
It’s also no secret that the club is using its relationship out in Italy and the big Italian-Canadian community in Toronto to entice more fans to come to games.
Will the next player coming to Canada be former Torino striker Andrea Belotti? The 28-year-old announced his departure after spending seven years and scoring 113 goals in 251 games for Torino. This could be a solid addition considering this was a striker who once had interest from the Premier League and had a €100 transfer clause on his contract.
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