Why Toronto FC Should Make an Offer for Aras Ozbiliz

Reports out of Russia are claiming that Spartak Moscow is willing to part ways with Aras Ozbiliz.

The Russian Premier League outfit has reportedly set a price tag of 3 million euros on the Armenian international, with offers already received from American and Dutch teams. According to Armenpress, Ozbiliz has been unsettled at his club after being transfer-listed in early May of last year alongside fellow Armenian Yura Movsisyan. Movsisyan has also been linked with a move to the MLS, with Real Salt Lake reportedly pursuing the player.

Although it is too early to speculate at this point in time, Ozbiliz is exactly the type of player that Toronto needs. The Reds have been short of depth on the wing ever since they declined the option on Brazilian winger Jackson at the end of the 2015 season.

The way the team is shaping up this year, it is likely that Greg Vanney will implement a 4-3-3 formation, with Giovinco playing on the left, and Altidore up top. Toronto does not have any true right wingers, and signing the 25 year-old Armenian would fill the glaring hole on the right side.

Ozbiliz started his professional career with Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax in 2010, and later moved to Russian outfit Kuban Krasnodar, before making the switch to Spartak Moscow for a fee of 8 million euros. During his time with Spartak, Ozbiliz has made 35 appearances over his two and a half years with the club, scoring 3 goals.

Although the 25 year-old was born in Istanbul, he represents Armenia through his parents and plays alongside Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Ozbiliz has featured for his national team 22 times, scoring 4 goals for his country.