Stejskal: Toronto FC hope to have Alejandro Pozuelo answer within a week

MLSSoccer.com - 02-19

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Toronto FC hope to have final word within the next week on whether KRC Genk attacking midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo will join the club, a source told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. Toronto, Genk and Pozuelo, who has five goals and 10 assists in 25 league appearances this season, have been engaged for weeks in a rather public back-and-forth about a potential transfer. As rumors swirled in Belgium that Pozuelo was looking to leave Genk, MLSsoccer.com reported on Feb. 8 that Toronto were interested in signing the 27-year-old as a Designated Player. Genk released a statement on Feb. 11 claiming that they reached an agreement with Pozuelo in January that he would remain with the club for the remainder of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League season. Pozuelo hit back at that assertion on Feb. 12, telling Voetbalkrant.com that he was “pressured” into the agreement. He also said that an unnamed club, who sources later confirmed as Toronto, agreed to pay Genk his €8 million release clause to acquire him. He made it clear that he wanted to leave Belgium immediately and threatened to take legal action if Genk did not accede to a move.