With the bad karma still surrounding NYCFC after the Frank Lampard debacle, Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC did their best to dispel those demons.
The highest paid Italian in world soccer will leave Juventus and arrive at Toronto in time for camp, in a massive grab for the Major League Soccer club.
With Toronto having already secured Jozy Altidore on an immediate transfer, Giovinco reached an agreement with Juventus to allow him out of his contract early and head directly to the United States.
“Having Sebastian join us in time for training camp is incredibly important for our team and our plans this year,” said Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko in a statement. “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.”
Juventus also confirmed the exit of the 28-year-old forward, saying in a very lengthy and classy story on Giovinco’s exit,
“His last appearance, a man-of-the-match display in the Bianconeri’s 6-1 Coppa Italia last 16 drubbing of Hellas Verona on 15 January at Juventus Stadium, ultimately proved to be a fitting send off for a player who has always held the black and white stripes dear to his heart. Everyone associated with Juventus Football Club would like to thank Seba for all his efforts and wish him every success for his new adventure in Canada.”
The two parties agreed to terminate his contract early, allowing him to leave despite the deal set to expire in the summer. Helping the deal come to fruition was the signing of Alessandro Matri on loan from AC Milan. It will be Matri’s second stint with Juventus, and his second spell under current manager Massimiliano Allegri.
Get ready for the back of Giovinco’s neck to be staring you down for a lot longer than you expected this season.