According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Brazilian Serie A side Vasco da Gama has made a bid to acquire the former Toronto FC and Juventus striker. The paper reports that negotiations between Giovinco’s current club Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia and Vasco are “advanced.”
It has been reported that Vasco da Gama’s proposal would be for a two-year contract similar to what Giovinco has with Al-Hilal (reportedly an annual salary of $11.5 million). Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Italian clubs Benevento and Parma have also expressed interest in acquiring Giovinco, who is signed with Al-Hilal until 2022.
Interestingly, in a conversation with the Italian website Cronachedispogliatoio earlier this spring, Giovinco said he would like to return to Serie A and play for the Italian national team again. Giovinco hasn’t played in Serie A for more than five years (he last played for Juventus), and hasn’t played with the national side since October 2015.
“The only way I have to get back into the national side is to return to Italy, and doing something really great there would allow me to get back into contention for the national side,” he said.
Giovinco left the Reds prior to the 2019 season under less-than-ideal circumstances, but appeared at BMO Field last season in the private suite of TFC president Bill Manning, a gesture signifying that the two sides are back on good terms. TFC management has expressed interest in bringing Giovinco back to the Reds some day, though at, 33, that prospect seems to diminish with every passing year.
The Atomic Ant departed Toronto as the top scorer in club history with 83 goals and 51 assists in 142 games. He was named MLS MVP in 2015, his first year in North America’s premier league.