Sebastian Giovinco to Toronto FC: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2015

GENOA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 18:  Sebastian Giovinco of Italy in action during the International Friendly match between Italy and Albania at Luigi Ferraris on November 18, 2014 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Toronto FC have completed the signing of Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco, with the Italian set to join the MLS outfit in the summer after the completion of the 2014-15 Serie A season.   

The Canadian club announced the move via Twitter on Monday but did not disclose any information about the financial terms of the deal:

Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko provided the following statement in part, via the club's official website:

Having Sebastian join us in time for training camp is incredibly important for our team and our plans this ‎year. Sebastian is a world-class player who makes all of his teammates better and his arrival is a monumental moment for Major League Soccer and Toronto. Because he was so driven to join his new team now, Seba and his agent took it upon themselves and went to great lengths to negotiate his release from Juventus. That speaks volumes about his commitment to this team, the leadership he brings, and the fact that he is fully behind our vision for the long term.

Kurtis Larson of the Toronto Sun reports that Giovinco could be set to earn $7 million (£4.6 million) a year across a five-year contract.

This would potentially make the Italy international one of the highest-paid players in MLS with top-earner Kaka of Orlando City currently demanding a similar figure.

Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko hailed the signing of the 27-year-old Giovinco, per the club's website, which is something of a surprise move despite him being out of favour at Juve. He has started just twice in the league this season:

Today marks a very special day for Toronto FC with the addition of Sebastian Giovinco. Seba is in the prime of his career and he has chosen to join Toronto FC and MLS at a time when many of the top clubs in the world were pursuing him. We are very pleased to bring a fantastic player to Toronto FC for our club and for our fans, especially those in the Italian community.

Indeed, Toronto have pulled off quite a move in signing Giovinco, a high-profile signing for the whole league, per beIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri.

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He joins the Canadian club following the recent addition of Jozy Altidore, who switched from Sunderland last week with Jermain Defoe going the other way.

Giovinco figures to bring some excitement and intrigue to his new club in the near future.