FC Toronto forward Sebastian Giovinco has no plans to abandon Major League Soccer and return to Europe, the player's agent has confirmed. Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur have both been linked with moves for the Italy international but the 28-year-old is set to remain state side.
Giovinco enjoyed a fruitful first season in the MLS, scoring 22 club goals in 34 appearances to help guide his side into the play-offs before being defeated by Didier Drogba's Montreal Impact, 3-0. The ex-Juventus striker's move to the United States came initially as a surprise but he has adapted to his new surroundings with aplomb.
But amid speculation he could leave Toronto after just a single season, the player's agent has moved to quash any reports regarding his future. Tottenham have previously been linked with the hitman, while Barcelona have also shown an interest, but representative Andrea D'Amico says any exit is unlikely.
"Not at all. He has never considered the possibility to come back in Italy," he told Calciomercato of Giovinco, who receives wages of $7.1m (£4.7m) per year, according to official MLS figures. "He's a mainstay of FC Toronto and the club don't even think about selling him. They want to strengthen the squad and Giovinco is part of the project. Actually, the Blaugrana [Barcelona] are scouting him since long time. No concrete approach, by the way, only a general interest."
Tottenham's need for a striker has dampened since the summer transfer window following the signings of Clinton N'Jie and Heung-min Son, with the latter having quickly adapted to life in the Premier League. Harry Kane has meanwhile recaptured his best form with goals in each of his last five club outings.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino says the club's recent improvement, which has sees them unbeaten in their last 12 league games, makes them a viable option for big name players in the transfer market and the Argentine is excited ahead of the January window opening.
"We only have a few places left [in the squad]. It is impossible to bring 20 or 30 players in," Pochettino said, according to Sky Sports. "But today Tottenham is a very attractive club, not only for youngsters but all players. The way we respect the players, the way we try to play - for the big players and the young players it is a fantastic club.
"Tottenham today is one of the most attractive clubs in the world for all players, not just young players. We are starting to be attractive. Tottenham are a name at home and in Europe and now we need to be clever to improve."