After Toronto FC parted ways with club legend Sebastian Giovinco, who ended up joining Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal last month, the team aggressively started searching for his replacement. And while it looked like U.S. international Terrence Boyd is the most probable candidate for that, another name came into play. According to MLS soccer’s Sam Stejskal, Toronto is now trying to acquire Spanish attacking midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo from Genk.
Stejskal reports that Belgian outlet Voetbalkrant said that “a team from Canada” made an official offer for Pozuelo and that Genk asks at least $10 million for the services of the 27-year-old Spaniard.
Alejandro Pozuelo started his professional career in native Spain with Betis, where he played until 2013. After failing to get meaningful minutes in La Liga, he had stints with Swansea City and Rayo Vallecano, before joining Genk in 2015. Pozuelo played a total of 135 games in Belgium in all competitions and managed to score 18 goals.
While Alejandro Pozuelo certainly fits the type of player Toronto FC is currently looking for, this doesn’t mean that the team isn’t looking at other options as well. Toronto would like to acquire the Third Designated Player before the CONCACAF Champions League, and if negotiations with Genk turn out to be a hard bargain, they could easily turn to other targets.