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Report: Toronto FC outbid Palmeiras for Borré; River Plate stiker wants move to Europe

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Toronto FC continue to pursue their third designated player, however, a deal appears to be far from the finish line.

River Plate v Defensores de Pronunciamiento - Copa Argentina 2021
Rafael Santos Borre of River Plate looks on during a round of 64 match between River Plate and Defensores de Pronunciamiento.
Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

TORONTO, Canada—The Rafael Santos Borré saga continues.

Reports out of Brazil have indicated that two clubs are pushing to sign the River Plate striker, who is out of contract in June, with Toronto FC leading the charge.

According to Bruno Andrade, Brazilian side Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras have offered a deal worth approximately $18 million CAD over a four years for the Colombian, while TFC have apparently offered approximately $20 million over a three-year deal.

There were talks that Borré, 25, would be interested in re-signing with River Plate, however, the reported interest from TFC and Palmeiras have made the deal ‘unfeasible’ for the Argentine team.

Although Toronto FC appear to be the current front runner, Andrade adds that Borré, who has enjoyed stints with La Liga sides Atletico Madrid and Villarreal CF in the past, is hoping to return to Europe and does not have interest in joining MLS.

It is worth noting, however, that Toronto FC appear to possess Borré’s MLS Discovery Rights, giving them a slight advantage over other MLS sides pursuing a deal for the attacker, should the 25 year old come around.

Borré has started all seven matches for River Plate in 2021, scoring three times over that span. Since joning River Plate in 2017, he has found the back of the net 46 times in 127 matches.

Toronto FC are looking for their third designated player after choosing not to exercise the option on Pablo Piatti’s contract.