Huddersfield Town
12:00 PM UTC
Game Details

No recent activity

Ex-Barcelona, Chelsea man Ricardo Quaresma not Toronto FC target - source

Toronto FC enter 2019 looking to return to their treble-winning form of 2017, but can they do it without Sebastian Giovinco and Victor Vazquez?
Sebastian Salazar explains why Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unlikely to repeat his 22-goal output from his first MLS season with the LA Galaxy.
With the 2019 Major League Soccer season fast approaching, we caught up with some of the players for a friendly sing along.
ESPN FC's MLS experts examine LAFC ahead of their second season. For an all-access look at their first season, check out "We Are LAFC," streaming now on ESPN+.

Ricardo Quaresma is not a target for Toronto FC despite various reports, a league source has confirmed to ESPN FC.

The 35-year-old Besiktas attacker was reported to be on the Reds' wish list, but that is not the case according to the source. TSN was the first to report that Toronto isn't pursuing Quaresma.

Quaresma's salary demands would appear to preclude him from landing with Toronto. Another source stated that the Portugal international wanted a salary of $3 million after taxes, which would put his pre-tax salary at around $4.8m.

Such a number is not only well above the Designated Player (DP) threshold of $530,000, but is also above the $1.5m maximum in which a player's salary can be bought down through the use of Targeted Allocation Money.

Quaresma has played in several of the world's biggest clubs, including with Sporting CP, Barcelona, Porto, Inter Milan and Al-Ahli as well as a brief loan stint with Chelsea. He has spent the last four seasons with Besiktas -- his second stint with the club -- where he has scored 20 goals in 148 league and cup appearances; and helped the Black and Whites to two Turkish Super Lig titles.

At international level, Quaresma has scored 10 goals in 80 appearances, and was part of the Portugal side that claimed Euro 2016.

Sources have also confirmed a report from SoccerToday host Duane Rollins that Toronto is close to signing KRC Genk midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo to a DP contract, though one source cautioned that the deal is not done yet.

If Toronto succeeds in acquiring Pozuelo, that would put them at the maximum number of three DPs.


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.