Toronto FC appear to be on the verge of completing a long-running transfer saga by finally signing the highly-rated Argentinian player, Maximiliano Urruti.
The 22-year-old Rosario-born striker has spent his entire career with Newell’s Old Boys, coming through the youth team ranks of the Argentinian side before breaking into the first team in 2011.
After appearing in more than 50 games for the Rosario-based team, Urruti started to attract a host of clubs including Spanish sides, Levante and Valencia, Italian outfit, Palermo, and Helsingborgs in Sweden.
However, several betting outlets have suggested that Toronto have won the race to sign Urruti. The team’s head coach, the 35-year-old former New Zealand international defender, Ryan Nelsen, who starred for the likes of Blackburn Rovers, QPR, and DC United during an illustrious playing career, said: “His club are going through some issues, some legal issues.
“That’s why it has to go through a third party, which makes it more difficult. That’s why it’s been held up for so long.
“About six months ago we were hoping he would play. I was told about six months ago a deal was done. I can’t say anything at the moment. Crazy things happen, but we’d like to say it’s close to being done.”
It is hoped that Urruti will be able to make his Toronto debut against Columbus, probably as a substitute.
“I’m not going to throw the guy in the deep end,” Nelsen added. “It’s all for the best for the player and getting used to the league and the travel.”
Toronto fans who bet on soccer had been hoping to complete the signing of the player in April only for Old Boys to move into administration, so complicating the proposed transfer.
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