By popular demand:
According to several reports, Toronto FC are in talks with Independiente of Argentina for a loan move that would send striker Jonathan (Jony) Menendez to BMO Field on, possibly, a six-month term with an option to buy.
The 24-year-old Argentine has bounced around clubs in the past few years, most recently cutting short a loan spell at Qatari side Al-Rayyan, where he had one goal in four games. Menendez has also played for Argentinean clubs Chacarita Juniors and Talleres de Cordoba, as well as a three-year stint with the reserves of La Liga’s Sevilla (where he scored four times in 54 appearances).
It’s unclear whether today’s Terrence Boyd signing affects this rumour in any way, although it seems unlikely that it does — Menendez is younger than Boyd, and a loan may be more of a trial move to see if he can tap into his significant potential at TFC after struggling to do so at other clubs.
The MLSsoccer.com article suggests the loan move may come with a $3.5 million price tag should TFC choose to buy the player.
Menendez seems to be a very pacey forward with a knack for shooting from within the box, as well as considerable talent for running with the ball through tight spaces. Or, at the very least, that’s what I’ve been able to gather from his YouTube highlight reel (surely the best part of any transfer rumour).