azorian wrote: T-d0t wrote:
Wo1verine wrote:Why did Toronto let GIo go? I thought the guy was a legend here.
They didn't want to give him more than 2 yrs and pay him the same amount I think because hes 32 and had an injury plagued season.
On PTS, TFC President said that they are close to signing a replacement that "soccer fans will know, top player in the prime of his career" so fingers crossed.
Did they end up signing anyone? I heard rumours about nani but i guess Orlando had first dibs
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They're in talks to get Alejandro Pozuelo.
He's the top player in the Belgian league (he's Spanish). He's a Victor Vazquez type playmaker (VV also won Player of the Year in Belgium), but younger (27 vs VV 32) and less injury concern. Seeing a couple recent games and highlights, I think he's a bit better than VV, plus he's younger, faster, etc.
The transfer has hit a legal snag. Pozuelo's contract has a buyout clause where any team can sign him for 8 million euros and the team can't do anything. TFC has met the clause, but his team is refusing to accept the money, saying that the player verbally agreed to stay until the end of June (which the player says he was forced to do under duress - after a Saudi team tried to sign him a month ago) - Verbal contracts have weight in Belgium. Essentially, his team doesn't want him to go because they're in first place and losing their best player would hurt them, obviously, and are trying to get him to stay until the rest of the year, while TFC want him asap.