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Report: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC agree ‘in principle’ to bring striker back to the club

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Now...is this report actually legit?

MLS: New York City FC at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

TORONTO, Canada—A report has surfaced this morning stating the Atomic Ant will be returning home.

That’s right. According to Nicolò Schira, Sebastian Giovinco is set to join Toronto FC in the coming days, with a contract beginning next season.

Schira adds that Giovinco and his agent will meet with TFC President Bill Manning in the coming days to close the deal, but an agreement in principle has already been reached.

Giovinco has been a free agent since August 19 after parting ways with Al-Hilal — the team he joined in 2019 in a transfer from Toronto.

While with TFC between 2015-2018, Giovinco was widely regarded as the best player in Major League Soccer. The club’s all-time leading goal scorer was an MLS All-Star in four consecutive seasons, was named the Most Valuable Player in 2015, and helped TFC to their first and only MLS Cup to date in 2017.

Assuming the 34-year-old attacker isn’t returning as a designated player or targeted allocation money (TAM) signing, why not?

Before TFC fans get too excited, admittedly, Schira doesn’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to reporting transfers accurately. He has been correct in the past, but he’s also been wrong on several occasions, so, let’s try and sit tight on this one until we get official word.