After signing Tosaint Ricketts last week, Toronto FC is already planning their next move in the summer transfer window. Greg Vanney mentioned that the club had some "irons in the fire" when it comes to transfers after last Saturday's win over DC United.
In a conversation with Kurt Larson of the Toronto Sun, Tim Bezbatchenko made it clear that it was a central attacking midfielder that the club was pursuing. With depth at most other positions, Toronto FC could use more creativity through the middle of the park.
It appears as though one of the players they are pursuing is Argentine midfielder Sebastian Blanco, who currently plies his trade with San Lorenzo in Argentina. The report comes from Anthony Totera of Red Card Radio, a knowledgeable source when it comes to Toronto FC.
Blanco is 28 years old and has spent most of his career in the Argentine league between Lanus, where he made his professional debut, and San Lorenzo. He has also spent time with Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine and briefly with West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League.
He also has two caps for the Argentine national team, who he scored for in a 2010 friendly victory over Haiti. During his time with San Lorenzo, Blanco has 5 goals in 29 matches. He helped his club win the 2015 Supercopa Argentina in a 4-0 win over Boca Juniors.
While he would seem like an excellent fit at a good age for Toronto FC, the main question coming out of this rumour is how can Toronto FC afford him? The club has been fairly tight against the cap all season, and while the Tosaint Ricketts signing isn't expected to be for big money, it takes up a chunk of that space. His current contract expires in 2018, meaning Toronto would also have to pay a transfer fee.
Toronto FC could still potentially make another move to free up cap space should they need. Suggestions earlier in the year were that they could be moving a central defender, but after the club parted ways with Damien Perquis that seems more unlikely.
Jay Chapman, Jonathan Osorio and Tsubasa Endoh have all spent time at the tip of Toronto FC's diamond midfield this season. However, none of them have been particularly consistent this season, and with injuries piling up the team has been thin on midfield options. The club is still expected to be without Will Johnson and Michael Bradley for weeks.
The MLS summer transfer window ends on August 6, so they don't have much time to make another move.