By DAN KARELL
Toronto FC could have all three of its Designated Players around for the start of the 2015 MLS season.
According to reports in Italy, Sebastian Giovinco is close to an agreement with Juventus that would allow the “Atomic Ant” to join TFC in February and take part in preseason training. TFC announced on Jan. 19 that Giovinco had signed a Designated Player contract with the club. It was initially anticipated that he would join TFC in July.
TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko has claimed that the club hasn’t spoken with Juventus, but head coach Greg Vanney said that the club is hopeful that Giovinco could arrive ahead of schedule.
In the meantime, Toronto has until March 1 to shed one of its Designated Player contracts, which surely means that forward Gilberto is on his way out. According to reports in Canada, Gilberto has remained in his native Brazil while TFC begins preseason training in Florida.
What do you think of this news? Do you see Giovinco arriving next month? Do you think that TFC is a playoff team with Giovinco around all season?
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