If you look at a former MLS MVP garnering just $150k GAM in a trade and think “woah, that’s really cheap,” you’re right! But Pozuelo’s contract is up at the end of the 2022 season, meaning it’d only make sense for a club that could (potentially) secure its long-term future.
That future was very clearly not going to be in Toronto, with the club extremely non-committal whenever asked about it for months, all while Pozuelo was saying he wanted to stay.
Anyway, the real value for Toronto in this deal comes from opening a DP spot. It allows them to sign Bernadeschi, which The Parleh’s Michael Singh says is happening.
Bernadeschi, 28, is a free agent after his contract with Juventus expired. He’s in the prime of his career and has 38 caps with Italy’s national team, including taking part in the Euro 2020 Final last summer, which the Azzurri won over England on penalty kicks.
The winger, who’ll slot opposite Lorenzo Insigne on the left, never nailed down a regular role with Juventus, but starred for Fiorentina before joining Juve. Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto’s all-time leading scorer and the 2015 MLS MVP, never totally nailed down a regular role for Juve before joining the Reds either. It didn’t make him less of a star here.