It looks like the reason for Ager Aketxe’s mysterious disappearance has finally been revealed. Despite no reports of injury, the Spanish midfielder did not travel with Toronto FC on their recent road trip, sparking speculation about his future with the club.
Reports today from Spanish publication Marca suggest that the 24-year-old Aketxe will be returning to his native country to join Cádiz. Aketxe had a very successful loan stint with the second division club last season.
Marca is also reporting that the deal between Toronto FC and Cádiz will be a loan deal with an option to buy. The MLS secondary transfer window opens tomorrow, which could be when this deal is made official.
Depending upon the details of the deal, Toronto FC could gain a decent chunk of cap space to use during this summer window. Aketxe is currently being paid $1.5 million, which is the most of any non-designated player on the Toronto roster by a wide margin.
Despite his profile and experience, Aketxe has struggled to integrate himself into the Toronto FC lineup. He has started only nine games throughout this season, despite being generally one of the more healthy TFC players, and only has a single assist to his name in that time.
Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in an interview earlier this week that he will be making some changes to the team during this transfer window. This move would certainly give him the ability to do that.
Waking the Red will continue to track this story as it develops.
It sounds like no deal is officially done at the moment, but there is a lot of moving pieces right now. Despite reports to the contrary, Aketxe is currently still in Canada and with Toronto FC.