The silly season is upon us and we may just have our first real Toronto FC transfer rumour of the offseason. Forget about all the big names that are being randomly linked to TFC (Wesley Sneijder did score today!) for just a few minutes and focus on a deal that might just be happening.
According to reports out of Argentina, Toronto have made a contract offer to Belgrano midfielder Guillermo Farre and the veteran player is now considering that offer. The same reports suggest that Farre may have already played his final match for Belgrano, the club for which he has made over 250 competitive appearances.
The following is the key quote (roughly google translated) from the yesterday's articles in which Farre addresses his situation. "What I can confirm is an interest. Is the contact. But until that negotiations will not come to fruition, everything is uncertain. During the holidays will surely advance. Let's see how all this develops."
Farre is a defensive midfielder and ball winner but he was also the scorer of one of the biggest goals in the history of Argentine club soccer. It was Farre's strike that sealed the relegation of River Plate for the first time and may just be the highlight of his playing resumé.
At 33 years of age Farre has a lot of playing experience and a lot of milage on his legs but he is still certainly capable of putting in a strong 90 minutes. He is among the team leaders for Belgrano in both appearances and minutes this season and remains the club's captain. He has consistently logged heavy minutes in each year of his career and that does not seem to be changing even with age.
Farre may not be the flashiest signing if he does accept the offer but he could come in with a reasonable price tag and provide a stable partner in the midfield alongside Michael Bradley. He would represent an upgrade on Collen Warner and is a strong ball winner which should give Bradley more freedom to push forward in support of the attack. It could work well as Bradley has been at his best with the United States Mens National Team when he has had Jermaine Jones or Kyle Beckerman doing more of the dirty work.
Toronto has had mixed results when looking to the south for signings but the two most recent South Americans they brought in have done well in MLS even if they are now playing for other clubs. While most players being brought in from South America tend to be more creative and attacking talents Matias Laba has shown that there is also more defensive talent available at reasonable prices for teams will to take a chance.
The offseason is still young and the transfer window is not even open yet but this does seem like a deal that could come to pass. It would be a good start on the offseason but the club is still in need of at least one new defender and an upgrade at attacking midfielder.
Here are some highlights just to wet your appetite about TFC's potential first addition of the offseason: