Sebastian Giovinco allowed to leave Juventus early to join Toronto FC

BY foxsports • February 2, 2015

MILAN -- Juventus allowed Sebastian Giovinco to join MLS side Toronto FC early Monday as it re-signed Alessandro Matri on loan.

Giovinco was due to link up with his new Canadian club in July, once his Italian contract expired, but Juventus confirmed the five-foot-four forward, known as the Atomic Ant, has ended his time in Turin on the final day of the transfer window.

Matri spent two and a half seasons with Juventus, winning two league titles, before he was bought in 2013 by AC Milan, whose manager at the time was current Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

The 30-year-old Matri is still owned by Milan, but was on loan at Genoa and Juventus came to an agreement with the club to sign him until the end of June.

AC Milan has also brought back a former player, with Luca Antonelli joining from Genoa in a permanent deal.

Antonelli, who has seven Italy caps, progressed through the ranks at Milan, but made only one senior appearance before signing for Parma in 2008.

Antonelli and fellow Italy defender Gabriel Paletta have signed until 2018.

Paletta joined from Serie A struggler Parma. The 28-year-old made his Italy debut last year and was part of the Azzurri's disappointing World Cup campaign.

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