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Report: Juan Agudelo to sign with Inter Miami CF, not Toronto FC

Despite acquiring the rights to the well-known striker last month, TFC will not be signing Agudelo

MLS: New England Revolution at New York City FC
New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo (17) plays the ball against New York City FC midfielder Keaton Parks (55) during the second half at Yankee Stadium.
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His time in Toronto was short lived?

According to a report from the Toronto Sun, striker Juan Agudelo — who Toronto FC selected earlier in the month in Stage Two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft — will not be signing with the Reds. Instead, the 27-year-old will sign with expansion side Inter Miami CF.

“Juan is a talented veteran player that we believe would add depth to our group of strikers,” Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis released in a statement at the time. “Selecting Juan in Stage 2 doesn’t ensure that he will be with us next year. Selecting him effectively gives us the right to have a conversation and try to negotiate a contract. If we do not reach an agreement with Juan, then he will be made available to other MLS clubs.”

TFC had the sole ability to negotiate a new contract with Agudelo after the MLS veteran’s deal — in which he made $605,000 last season — expired at the end of the year. However, since Toronto were reportedly unable to come to terms with the attacker, the free agent was free to sign with any other club, and it appears he’ll be taking his talents to South Beach.

With Toronto not opting to sign Agudelo, the Reds still have plenty of money to spend, especially on attacking reinforcements. The club has been in South America and in Europe scouting potential designated-player targets to join Altidore and Pozuelo up front.

This offseason is just getting started, Toronto.