Toronto FC seal blockbuster MLS transfer with the signing of Italian International Federico Bernardeschi

Federico Bernardeschi-Juventus

The North American Major League Soccer (MLS) has pulled off another blockbuster move by the capture of Juventus player Federico Bernardeschi.

The Italy international has agreed to join Canada-based club Toronto FC on a free transfer. He joins as a Designated Player, under contract until 2026 after five years of staring at the Serie A giants.

MLS has been full of big moves so far in the transfer window, with Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini moving to LAFC and Lorenzo Insigne bound for Toronto.

“Toronto FC announced today that the club has signed Italian international winger Federico Bernardeschi as a Designated Player through 2026,” the Canadians revealed on their official website.

“Bernardeschi will be added to the TFC roster pending his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and work permit. As per team and Major League Soccer policy, the terms of the contract are confidential.”

Club coach and sporting director Bob Bradley added: “Having met with Federico a couple of weeks ago, we think he’s a great fit for what we’re trying to build here at TFC and look forward to getting him on the field.

“He’s an attacking player who is also known for working hard for the team. Federico’s a left-footed player who’s comfortable playing on the right wing but can also slide into a central position when needed.”

Bernardeschi began his professional career with Fiorentina before earning a move to Juve in 2017.

In five seasons at the Turin club, the midfielder made 183 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 goals and winning three consecutive Serie A titles between 2017 and 2020.