In my article about the departure of Marco Di Vaio, I mentioned that the Montreal Impact would be in the market for a new striker and/or Designated Player.
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That piece was published yesterday and we may already have an answer.
The Impact announced in a press release that Italian midfielder Marco Donadel will be training with the club for the next week.
Apparently, Donadel is visiting, of all people, Di Vaio. The two have a friendship stemming from their time playing together in Italy and Donadel asked to train with the Impact while he is in Montreal.
Donadel is currently a free agent, having last played with Verona in Italy’s Serie A league. He was on loan to Verona from Napoli and has played with big clubs such as A.C. Milan, Parma and Fiorentina.
So he definitely has big game experience, but what else could he bring to the Impact?
Well, he is primarily a central midfielder and according to Transfermarkt, he can also play defensive mid.
He’s a responsible player who can keep possession in the middle of the park, but won’t provide much in the way of scoring – he only netted five goals in his 244 Serie A games played.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If he works out, I don’t see how it’s possible to add him without subtracting another player from the squad. One can only speculate who it would be.
If Donadel does join, wouldn’t that be a story book ending to Di Vaio’s tenure at Stade Saputo? One Italian Marco gives way to another. Not exactly Hollywood, but it’s good enough for me!