Toronto FC announced the signing of Juventus’ Federico Bernardeschi on Friday, pending an International Traffic Certificate and work permit.
The versatile winger, who was part of Italy’s Euro 2020 winning team last summer, joins on a deal through 2026 as a Designated Player.
90min reported that the Canadian team had targeted Bernardeschi and moved Alejandro Pozuelo to Inter Miami to open up the required DP spot.
Toronto head coach and sporting director Bob Bradley said: “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.”
Toronto president Bill Manning added: “We are thrilled to add Federico to our team.
“As a player and a person, we believe he’s exactly what we need right now, both on the field and in the locker room. Federico has proven himself to be a champion and a leader at Juventus and for the Italian national team and brings a pedigree to Toronto that’s second to none.”
Bernardeschi becomes the second Italy international to join Toronto this summer after Lorenzo Insigne signed from Napoli.
Juventus have not yet issued a parting statement.