🇪🇸 Theo Corbeanu to Granada. For a minute, there were rumours of Toronto FC attempting to sign Theo Corbeanu from Wolverhampton. Alas, that is not going down. Instead, the 21-year-old has opted to stay in Europe and join La Liga side Granada for two and a half years for £750,000.
🔵 CF Montreal was moving heavily. Bleu-blanc-noir went shopping this winter, first getting Matias Coccaro from Huracan. Then, with Joaquin Sosa on loan from Bologna, Dominik Yankov from Bulgarian club Ludogorets and now MLS free-agent gem Josef Martinez. The MTL front office has bolstered the squad in ways that make the supporters like a kid on Christmas morning with a dad who got gifts that aren’t from the dollar bin. Proper Toys-R-Us. With Coccaro and Martinez, MTL has addressed their lack of goal prowess. Toronto-born Yankov will provide further depth and European experience in the midfield. Meanwhile, Sosa will be a vital rotation for the backline.
🌊 Vancouver Whitecaps sign Bjorn Inge Utvik. Vancouver once again does a smart in the transfer market. The Caps have solidified their forward position with an already consistent midfield. They have bolstered their defence by signing Norwegian Bjorn Utvik from Sapsborg 08. Bjorn wears a helmet while playing. Hard.
🔨 Forge sign Ghanaian Nana Ampomah, and Elimane Cissé returns. The Ghana international Nana Opoku Ampomah has played in the Bundesliga with Fortuna Düsseldorf and spent time in Belgium on loan with Royal Antwerp and permanently with Waasland-Beveren. Meanwhile, Elimane Cissé returns to Forge FC on a multi-year deal. Cissé has spent the last two seasons with Moroccan club Us Touarga and Senegalese club Diambars.
🔱 Pacific signed Sean Melvin and Dario Zanatta. PFC have added Victoria-born goalkeeper Sean Melvin to the squad. The 29-year-old goalkeeper signed a two-year deal with a 2026 option. Pacific sign another Victoria native in Dario Zanatta from Hamilton Academical. The 26-year-old forward joins PFC for an undisclosed amount with add-on incentives.
⚓️ Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare returns to Halifax. Well, well, well, look who’s back. The Québécois midfielder returns after a season with York United and has signed a contract with the Wanderers through 2025.
🦅 David Norman Jr. signs with Vancouver FC. This edition has been one of many returns and homecomings. Norman returns to the CPL to his hometown club, Vancouver FC. After spending a year In Europe, Norman earned promotion with then English-League 2 club Northampton Town and won the FAI Cup with Irish side St Patrick’s. He returns to Canada with promotion experience and a cup win. Vancouver needs this winning experience.
🏟️ Ottawa signed Kris Twardek and secured Liberman Torres on loan. Atletico confirmed the signing of Kinburn, Ontario’s Kris Twardek, to a two-year deal with the option to extend in 2026. The winger joins Atletico Ottawa from Bohemian FC in the League of Ireland Premier Division. He registered four goals and 11 assists in 71 appearances. Atleti also secured a one-year loan for Liberman Torres from Villareal CF B. The Ecuadorian is described as a “versatile defensive player who is physically strong and good on the ball, allowing us to use him both as a central defender and a defensive midfielder.”
✍️ York United signed Frank Sturring, Josue Martinez and Orlando Botello. The York United owners are playing. They have signed the 26-year-old defender Frank Sturring from Austrian side SV Horn. York United also acquired the one-year loan of two Mexican talents from CF Monterrey, Josue Martinez and Orlando Botello. The 21-year-old Martinez plays in the midfield, while 22-year-old Botello plays at left-back.
🇮🇹 Stefan Mitrovic joins Hellas Verona. Apparently, Hamilton produces Serbian ballers. The Hamilton-born Serbian international Mitrovic has signed a permanent deal with Serie A club Hellas Verona from Red Star Belgrade for €1.3 million.