Rumours don't seem to ever really go away when it comes to Toronto FC. There has been the consistent Marco Borriello chatter every time a transfer window opens. Emilio Izaguirre was recently linked to the team for the third time in his career.
None of these rumours make much sense, but the most ridiculous appears to be the reemergence of rumours that Lukas Podolski is on his way to BMO Field. The German international was originally linked to Toronto back in March, but those rumours were quickly swept under the rug by the club.
With Podolski off at the European Championship with the German national team, reports have re-emerged that Toronto FC is trying to convince him to make the jump to MLS. Eurosport claims that the offer could be as big as $8 million dollars per year.
Teams from the Chinese league including Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan are also reportedly interested in the 31-year-old Podolski. No matter where he goes, it appears that his time with Galatasaray in the Turkish league is done.
He scored 13 league goals in his time in Turkey in 38 matches. He has also spent time during his career with 1. FC Koln, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Inter Milan before taking his talents to Turkey. Podolski has 38 international goals for Germany and was part of the team that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Toronto is very unlikely to be the next destination for Podolski, however. Besides the fact that they have already nixed these rumours in the past, Toronto certainly does not have the cap space for the German international. They are unlikely to make him the most expensive player in the league as well.
In order to make room, they would have to move out one of their other three designated players, something that would not be in the club's interest. All three players have shown strong loyalty to Toronto FC, and played well. It's a business after all, but that's not something that Toronto FC are likely to forget, especially considering what that would potentially mean for the dressing room.
He is also much different than the type of designated players that Toronto FC appears to be making their priority. Those are young players who are able to play for several years with the club and help shape its identity. Podolski, on the other hand, is nearing the end of his career and just does not fit the description.
Toronto FC is still in the market for a striker, but a more affordable one. Tosaint Ricketts has trained with the team and still remains an option should his paperwork be processed. The Canadian international still remains more likely than not to sign and give the club some much-needed striker support.
The MLS transfer window officially opens on July 8 for the summer, and that is when more concrete details will emerge about who Toronto FC is truly pursuing.
The club is not expected to be incredibly active during the window, but like last summer could add a couple of pieces in order to shore up a team that has shown some holes early on in the 2016 season.