Agreement in Principle between Toronto FC and Alejandro Pozuelo: report

Toronto FC has his man.

A source confirmed on Tuesday that the MLS team had reached an agreement in principle on the acquisition of Spanish striker Alejandro Pozuelo of KRC Genk, leader of the Belgian league.

At 27, he will become Toronto's third designated player.

Sebastian Giovinco and Victor Vazquez, who started from Green Lands in Saudi Arabia and Qatar respectively, are troubled.

Toronto has been following Spanish for over a year. But the agreement took a long time to succeed.

The stumbling block with Genk was the release clause in his contract and when, if it was triggered, he came into play. Genk did not want to give it up immediately. Toronto did not want to wait.

Toronto general manager Ali Curtis and president Bill Manning traveled to Belgium last week to try to clear their target.

Like Vazquez, Pozuelo has the vision and the arsenal to unlock the defenses.

A native of Seville, Pozuelo started in the ranks of Real Betis youth. He made his debut as a senior player in 2011. In July 2013, he joined Swansea City for the English Premier League. Pozuelo returned to Spain a year later, joining Rayo Vallecano. In August 2016, he moved to Genk.

The news of the agreement is welcome in a TFC club that has little to celebrate this year. In addition to the departure of Vazquez and his break with Giovinco following a contractual impasse, the TFC tries to move the Dutch defender Gregory van der Wiel after a training camp with his coach Greg Vanney.

A 4-0 defeat at Panama's Atletico Independiente Club in Panama last Tuesday was another black cloud. The second leg of the round of finals of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League will take place on Tuesday.

The agreement to get Pozuelo means that Toronto can now focus its research on one or two players to acquire using targeted allocation funds. TAM allows clubs to reduce the salary costs of renowned players who do not have DP status.

Toronto must also determine the future of striker Jozy Altidore and his captain Michael Bradley. The contracts of the two designated players expire at the end of the 2019 season.

Toronto begins its MLS season Saturday in Philadelphia.

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