Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing ex-Juventus and current Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco, according to Spanish publication Marca.
The skilful Italian playmaker has been lighting up Major League Soccer since he moved to Toronto in January this year. The 28-year-old found the net 22 times in the league last season, the most prolific campaign of his career so far.
Giovinco was highly commended for his performances in his maiden season and won a basket full of accolades, most notably the MLS Golden Boot.
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The Italian's outstanding performances have caught the eye of Europe's biggest football clubs, but none bigger than current European champions Barcelona.
It's reported that Barca's Head of Technical Commission Ariedo Braida is a big fan of Giovino's and thinks he has all the attributes needed to be a success at the Camp Nou.
Giovinco's agent, Andrea D'Amico, confirmed recent rumours by saying Barcelona made "contact" with a view to signing the Italian when the transfer window opens in January.
Turin-born Giovinco is no stranger to playing for one of Europe's top football clubs, having started his career with Juventus in 2006 after coming through their youth system. Giovinco made 92 league appearances for Juventus during nine years at the club, winning the Serie A title back-to-back in 2013 and 2014.
Giovinco is a highly experienced player at only 28 having played in almost every competition in football and representing his national team on 23 occasions.
The forward is said to be interested in moving back to Europe and could flourish in the current Barcelona team when surrounded by the club's considerable talent.
How big a role he would play is another question, though, with Lionel Messi close to a return and team-mates Luis Suarez and Neymar firing on all cylinders in his absence.
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