Recognizable player from a big club, indeed.
Twitter lit up this morning amid rumours that Toronto FC have had discussions with Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben as a potential TAM signing in the near future. The Dutchman is out of contract at the end of the 2018-19 season, and it seems like he could be very seriously considering MLS as his next destination.
Hat-tip to our fellow SB Nation blog, Bavarian Football Works, for picking up on this.
A report from calciomercato.com, which specifically name-checks TFC, indicated that Robben might give the cold shoulder to Serie A side Inter Milan in favour of a move to Canada.
Robben, 35 years old, has been at Bayern Munich since 2009, scoring 98 goals in 198 games and winning the 2013 UEFA Champions League, as well as seven Bundesliga titles and four German Cups. He previously played at Real Madrid, where he won La Liga in 2008, and Chelsea, where he notched two Premier League titles and an FA Cup.
He’s also a longtime stalwart of the Netherlands national team, having played in three World Cups (losing in the final to Spain in 2010, and finishing third in 2014) and three European Championships. Robben has 96 international caps and 37 goals for the Oranje, including six tallies in a Euro or World Cup tournament.
The guy has mythic status in the canon of world stars, and for good reason. His career is certainly in its twilight, and he’s struggled quite a bit with injury this season — he’s unlikely to play another match for Bayern as they close out this campaign. As such, it the rumour is that TFC could get him on a TAM contract, for this season, at least.
It’s impossible to say how much there really is to this rumour (although there’s definitely some smoke here). However, it would be pretty cool to see Robben in a Toronto FC shirt, wouldn’t it?