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Rumour: Several Mexican clubs interested in Sebastian Giovinco

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They can’t have him, though.

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After his Golden Ball-worthy performance in the CONCACAF Champions League, reports are emerging that multiple Liga MX clubs would be interested in signing Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco. The Italian striker scored to put TFC up 2-1 in Wednesday’s CCL final against Chivas Guadalajara, his fourth of the competition.

Giovinco put in excellent performances against some of the top sides in Mexico, including defending champions Tigres UANL as well as Club América. He’s been one of Toronto’s best players since arriving at the club in 2015, scoring 69 total goals in 115 appearances to make him TFC’s all-time leading scorer.

Earlier this week, the Toronto Sun reported that Giovinco is hoping TFC offer him a new contract soon. He turned 31 in January, and his first child was born here in Toronto, so he’s pretty comfortable in the city with his family. Still, he told the Sun that he wants some clarity on his future.

This isn’t the first time foreign clubs have come calling for Seba, of course. Last year TFC reportedly had an offer from a Chinese team, which they denied.

The Reds should definitely be in talks with Giovinco, and soon. As a designated player, they’re free to pay him any salary and not have to worry about cap restrictions. He may be 31, but he’s still undoubtedly one of the most talented players on the continent, with plenty of gas left in the tank. He deserves it anyway, after the work he’s done in helping TFC to the success they’ve had.

It’s extremely unlikely that TFC would sell Giovinco to any club, of course. He’s very happy here, and the team is happy with his play. Still, contract talks can always turn messy. I’d be surprised if Seba isn’t re-signed sometime in the next few months, but still, there’s no telling what TFC’s front office’s plans are.