According to multiple outlets in Italy including Mediaset, Toronto FC have made an offer in the area of €3.5 million per season to Juventus striker Sebastian Giovinco. The 27-year-old is out contract at the end of the season and could potentially move to Toronto on a free transfer.
The team has made no secret about the fact that they would like to sign an attacking midfielder, a role the Italian international is more than capable of filling. They were being linked with Fiorentina midfielder Matias Fernandez earlier in the offseason but the player was unwilling to make the jump to Major League Soccer.
Giovinco has spent time with Empoli. Parma, as well as, Juventus in Italy and has made over 20 appearances with the Italian National team. He featured for the Azzurri in Euro 2012 and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup but missed out on the World Cup in Brazil due to a lack of playing time with Juventus.
Giovinco would provide Toronto with a plethora of experience despite only being in his twenties, but one issue with the striker is that he does tend to get injured quite a bit. Given his height (5 ft 5 in) and his fragile nature, MLS could prove to be too physically demanding a league for the talented Italian international. Tottenham are also believed to be interested in Giovinco’s services.
A lot of pieces would still need to fall in place before a deal for Giovinco could be made, including the sale of their current $6 million striker, Jermain Defoe. MLSMultiplex reported on Friday that the English striker had begun training with Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday in what is no doubt an attempt to showoff Defoe to all interested suitors.
Toronto FC have also been linked with Sunderland striker, Jozy Altidore in recent days but no deal has been worked out as of yet. It is clear that the Reds are on the hunt to sign an internationally recognized player to fill the void that will be left if Defoe is sold.