According to the most recent reports these past few days, Toronto FC are very close to securing the transfer of midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo from KRC Genk. Some journalists have called the deal “done in principle,” while others have suggested it is otherwise very close to the finish line.
Reports out of Belgium indicate the Pozuelo deal is finished. He’ll finish up the Belgian regular season with Genk on March 17 and then join TFC. Reported as a €10m transfer and a four-year, €4m per year contract.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) February 26, 2019
#TorontoFC gets its man. Source confirms TFC has reached an agreement in principle to acquire Spanish attacking midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo from Belgian league-leader KRC Genk. pic.twitter.com/O9PrIfsxf5— Neil Davidson (@NeilMDavidson) February 26, 2019
If true, the €10 million transfer fee is €2 million more than the release clause in Pozuelo’s contract, which means the Reds must have offered up a little more cash to speed things along. That said, it’s unclear when exactly Pozuelo will be joining TFC. The most recent reports have ranged from “immediately” to “late March”; it seems most likely that he’ll miss the first game or two of Toronto’s MLS season, arriving perhaps just after March 17, although some Belgian media have also reported their belief that Pozuelo has played his last game for Genk.
The table-topping Belgian side have three games remaining in their season, with the last one coming on March 17.
We’ll see as this develops whether any concrete date gets nailed down, but it certainly seems that Pozuelo will be a Toronto FC player by April, if the general sentiment among reporters is true.
According to Sam Stejskal from mlssoccer.com, Toronto FC are interested in purchasing Spanish attacking midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo, one of several options the club is pursuing to be their third designated player.
Pozuelo, 27, is currently the captain of Belgian side Genk. Genk are in first position in the Jupiler Pro League, ahead of second-place Club Brugge by 12 points. They are also in the middle of a Europa League campaign.
Belgian outlet voetbalkrant.com revealed on Friday that Pozuelo has received an offer from a Canadian side, and following the departure of fellow Spanish attacking midfielder Victor Vazquez, Toronto FC needs a replacement in that number 10 role.
Stejskal’s article mentions that Toronto FC would likely need to pay around $10 million to buy Pozuelo, which would make him the club’s third designated player following the departure of Sebastian Giovinco.
In 171 appearances for Genk in all competitions, Pozuelo has scored 25 goals and provided 60 assists, and in league play has had similar numbers to Victor Vazquez, who also spent time in Belgium. In 97 matches with Club Brugge, Vazquez had 10 goals and 35 assists while Pozuelo has 17 goals and 29 assists in 102 games.
Pozuelo also has La Liga and Premier League experience, as he has suited up for Real Betis, Rayo Vallecano and Swansea City during his career thus far.
TSN’s Kristian Jack tweeted this on Friday night, suggesting that there is some truth to the rumour:
This is the player that is very high on the club’s wishlist & who they have tracked for some time. As Sam says the deal is far from done at this stage and remains complicated. https://t.co/VgG1Ce771z— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) February 9, 2019
For those of you who are like myself and don’t follow the Belgian first division, here are some of his highlights:
What do you think of Pozuelo? Would you be happy with him as the club’s new designated player?