Toronto FC has been linked with yet another player as the transfer gossip continue to heat up as the summer window is quickly approaching. This time it is 23 year-old Spanish right winger Álvaro Rey who could be set to leave Xerez CD having failed to cement his place in the squad for the club since joining them from Gimnàstic in the summer of 2012.
His last season with Xerez saw Rey make a total of 29 appearances scoring 3 goals and picking up 5 assists. He did miss a stretch of games due to injury but managed to finish strong featuring in 4 of the clubs last 6 matches in league play. Despite his best efforts Xerez were relegated this season finishing last in the Spanish Segunda Division but it seems that he will not stick with the club as they head to the Segunda B and look to sell off some of their assets of value.
A number of outlets are reporting that Rey is on his way out the door but the addition of Toronto FC as the potential destination came on Wednesday from Spanish site ElDesmarque Jerez. The site provides in-depth coverage of only two teams and one of them is Xerez so they at least come across as a fairly reliable source for such a report.
Here is the full report in the original Spanish:
Álvaro Rey se marcha del Xerez. Eso era algo esperado, pero su destino sí llama mucho la atención. Según ha podido saber ElDesmarque Jerez, el extremo sevillano se marcha a la Major League Soccer de Estados Unidos y jugará en el Toronto FC.
La buena temporada realizada por Rey, sólo enturbiada por las lesiones que le han impedido disputar un buen número de partidos, ha provocado que haya sido un jugador con ofertas y se ha decantado por esta posibilidad, que económicamente resulta muy jugosa.
Así pues, Álvaro Rey cambia la Liga Adelante por la Major League y una ciudad como Jerez por Toronto, en Canadá.
I won't pretend to know a lot about Rey but considering that he is 23 years old and has been a contributor in Spain's second division he could be worth a look. If he were to join Toronto he would not have a hard time breaking into the starting lineup on the right side as it would basically just require him to be better than Reggie Lambe. If he can come in and be a solid winger it would give Toronto that needed quality on both sides of the field and a player who could contribute for the long term.
This report seems more stable than several of the other ones in recent weeks and could turn into something. In the meantime since we know very little about him how about some highlights of his goals this season to give us a glimpse.