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Manning eyes Serie A players for TFC

Here’s everything the president had to say, translated.

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Despite the solid start to the new MLS campaign, with a 4-1-1 record and a newly-arrived Designated Player who is already paying dividends in Alejandro Pozuelo, Toronto FC are still looking for ways to strengthen the squad.

This was confirmed by TFC’s president Bill Manning, who was recently in Italy and also spoke to the Italian media about the interests of the Canadian club.

Reportedly, Manning was on a three-day tour on an invitation of Andrea D’Amico, agent of Sebastian Giovinco, which included visits to Milan vs. Lazio (at the San Siro), Chievo vs Napoli (at the Stadio Bentegod), and Atalanta vs Empoli (at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia).

Manning spoke to the microphones of, explaining his intentions in the European peninsula.

“Chievo have some problems in the Serie A, and they have already been relegated to the second-tier but they still have some interesting players,” he said.

“We will be looking to explore more options, in particular players who will be free agents or maybe on loans, but I won’t say which players they are.”

Per, one of the Chievo players who is managed by Andrea D’Amico is forward Riccardo Meggiorini, a 33-year-old with spells at Torino, Novara, Genoa, Bologna and Bari during his career — although Toronto FC are looking for younger profiles.

New Giovinco?

Meanwhile, Manning was also asked whether the club is looking for a new Giovinco, but the president rebuffed the idea of bringing in a player of the same qualities.

“We are not looking for players with the exact characteristics of Sebastian Giovinco — we already three players in that role,” he explained.

“We have the idea of acquiring players who are already ready, more or less of a young age, and maybe also a central defender — we have already identified some individuals.

“Sometimes, there are players that find it difficult to break through in big clubs like Milan or Juventus, and that is where our league should come into the fray in order to give such players the opportunity to showcase themselves.”