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Giovinco could arrive at Toronto FC in time for start of MLS season

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Juventus playmaker Giovinco's arrival at MLS franchise Toronto FC could come sooner than first expected, reports revealed today.

The diminutive Italian has already agreed, and signed, a deal with Toronto but the franchise themselves had been expecting to have to wait until his current deal with Juventus comes to an end in July.

Now though it appears that MLS have stepped in in a bid to fast track the deal and have Giovinco available to take to the field for Toronto come the first game of the 2015 season in March.

An MLS source confirmed to Toronto CTV News  the rumors that the league is working on a deal with the Serie A giants and with Giovinco having been frozen out of the set up in recent months by the Old Lady it looks like an agreement could be struck to move his arrival forward by several months.

Original deal

Toronto FC will be hoping to have Giovinco in their roster as soon as viably possible considering the huge contract he has signed.

Reports suggest that the five-foot-four attacker will earn $7 million annually over the five years of his deal - plus a percentage of marketing income. The overall package is believed to usurp fellow high profile arrivals in the league Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Kaka as well as making him the highest paid Italian football in the world right now.

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Replacing Defoe

Toronto FC are in the midst of a rebuilding process that saw them part ways with former England striker Jermain Defoe during the January transfer window.

Having added both Giovinco and USMNT regular Jozy Altidore however the franchise are expected to challenge for the MLS title when the season does get underway in March.

Having the man known affectionately as 'the Atomic Ant' ready to go from Week 1 would undoubtedly be a huge boost in that regard.

Despite managing only six appearances for Juve' in the 2014-15 campaign so far he boast a solid if not spectacular  scoring record (12 in 91 Serie A games) and have represented the Italian national team on 21 occasions.

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