Toronto FC is ready to spend big this offseason if that means getting more firepower in the front.
According to UOL Esporte’s Bruno Andrade, Toronto is currently pursuing River Plate striker Rafael Santos Borre. The MLS team offered $15 million for the Colombian and is currently waiting for River’s response.
Andrade adds that Toronto faces competition for Borre, with reigning Copa Libertadores champs Palmeiras registering interest recently. They are willing to pay $14 million for the 25-year-old player.
Despite Toronto being ready to pay a handsome fee for Borre, the player reportedly isn’t excited about the opportunity to play in the MLS. He is currently exploring his options in Europe, and returning there remains his main option. If that doesn’t work out, he would be open to re-signing with River.
Rafael Santos Borre started his career with Deportivo Cali, where he scored 14 goals in two seasons with the club. This captured the attention of several high-profile European clubs, with Atletico Madrid being the quickest to sign him.
Despite inking a six-year contract with Atletico, Borre failed to play a single game for Atletico. He spent his first two seasons on loan with Cali and Villareal before being sold to River in 2017.
With River, Borre rediscovered his goalscoring touch again. He scored 46 goals and 16 assists since arriving while helping the club win five trophies, including Copa Libertadores in 2018.