For the second straight January transfer window Toronto FC could be looking to the Serie A in order to shore up their attack. At this time last year the club brought in Juventus star Sebastian Giovinco with the hopes that he could fix the club's goalscoring woes.
A year later, it would be a search for attacking depth behind Giovinco and Jozy Altidore that reportedly has the club in talks with Carpi striker Marco Borriello. Reports out of Italy quote Borriello's agent, Andrea D'Amico, as saying MLS is an option for his client, and several reports have suggested there have been talks with Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact.
D'Amico is evidently a familiar name to most Toronto FC supporters as he is Giovinco's agent, and was involved in the 2015 deal that saw the MLS MVP end up in Canada. His name has come up throughout the offseason, including suggestions that he was talking to Toronto about bringing in an Italian coach.
There is a good chance Toronto FC met with the Italian agent, but the possibility that they sign his client is less probable. At this point there isn't any reason for the club to turn down a meeting with D'Amico, especially considering how important GIovinco is to the club's future. The man deserves Toronto's attention.
Actually pursuing the 33-year-old Italian forward, however, would make a lot less sense. Toronto could use some attacking depth, sure, but not from a player past his prime who would almost certainly command a high salary. This is unless someone like Luke Moore is actually moving back to England and the club can get Borriello for a similar price.
The link with Montreal certainly makes a lot more sense considering the large possibility that they lose Didier Drogba. Even if Drogba doesn't leave, the club showed this past season that they really could use some striker depth. Considering the success Marco Di Viao had in Montreal they might be willing to try a project like that again.
Marco Borriello certainly has his fair share of credentials, even if he has failed to score significantly since 2013. The striker has featured for A.C Milan, A.S. Roma and Juventus in a career that has seen him loaned all over Italy. He has also represented the Italian national team seven times.
However, he has had a difficult past in which he has failed to stick with a club for a long period of time. Most of his high profile sides have loaned him out to multiple clubs for extended periods of time. This season he has 4 goals and 3 assists in 12 Serie A matches for Carpi, and a goal in Coppa Italia. Carpi currently sit in 19th in the Serie A and could be relegated this year.
Whether or not there are any legs to the Borriello rumour, it is worth noting that the relationship between D'Amico and Toronto appears to continue to be strong. It could eventually continue to pay dividends for Toronto FC as it already has with their number 10.