According to a Sportsnet report this morning, Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio has been generating some international transfer interest after his incredible 2018 season. Colombian side Independiente Medellin, helmed by former Canadian men’s national team coach Octavio Zambrano, has apparently inquired about getting Osorio on a season-long loan.
Osorio’s parents are Colombian, plus he already has a working relationship with Zambrano from playing for Canada. According to the Sportsnet article, Zambrano has implied that Osorio may be interested in the short-term hop to South America, to play for a club that recently qualified for next year’s Copa Libertadores.
In 43 games for TFC this past season, Osorio scored 17 goals — easily a career high. He won the Golden Boot in the Concacaf Champions League, and the George Gross MVP award in the Canadian Championship.
It’s likely that the biggest holdup here would be on Toronto FC’s end. Having just signed Oso to a significant contract extension, it would be hard to believe they’d be willing to let a player of his importance to the team go out on loan, especially at his prime age of 26.